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Call to constitute farmers� commission

By Correspondent

NALBARI, June 4 - A day-long programme on the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was inaugurated in a function held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nalbari on Wednesday.

The programme was attended by more than 600 farmers and farm women from all parts of Nalbari district. The dignitaries attending the programme included Ramen Deka, MP of Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency, Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, besides the other officials of Nalbari district.

Inaugurating the scheme, chief guest Ramen Deka advised all the farmers to take the benefits of the PMFBY. He said agricultural development needs full involvement of farmers who should also have a sense of belongingness.

The Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah, urged the farmers to avail the PMFBY facilities cultivating large land areas through a cluster approach. He also stressed on farmers� pension and farmers� family coverage under insurance schemes in case of ailments.

Dr Bujarbaruah advocated that the farmers of Nalbari should grow crops keeping in mind the Guwahati market. Insisting that the farmers should avail the Kisan Credit Cards, he further said that in order to redress the various grievances of the farmers in the State, the government should constitute a farmers� commission.

The programme coordinator of KVK, Nalbari, Dr Mridul Deka earlier stated the objectives of the programme and briefed about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. He stated that the KVK, Nalbari has been working as a liaising instrument among farmers of the district and line departments. It has been striving to give the farmers all beneficial agricultural technologies through field experiment, demonstration and information and made farmers reap the benefits from those sources, he added.

The District Agricultural Officer, Nalbari, Kailash Talukdar also addressed the farmers and exhorted them to take the benefits of the PMFBY. Besides the PMFBY, he also covered other schemes, including the PMKSY and invited the farmers to the District Agriculture Office, Nalbari. He also highlighted other facilities available in the department for increasing the agricultural production.

The inaugural session ended with distribution of 1,000 Soil Health Cards to the farmers of the district.

In the technical session of the PMFBY programme, Debojyoti Biswas, DDM, NABARD, elaborated all the details about how to reap the benefit of PMFBY and other bank linkages, including KCC. The executives from insurance companies finally detailed the farmers concern about the PMFBY in an interaction programme.

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