Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Kisan Kalyan Mela in Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday afternoon. He urged farmers to make use of government’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The crop insurance scheme is said to provide insurance to every farmer whose crop is affected by bad weather.
The Prime Minister also announced that a digital platform of the National Agriculture Market will be launched on April 14, the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar. The platform will help farmers sell their produce through a mobile phone at a better rate anywhere in the country, said the PM as he hoped to double the income of farmers by 2022.
At the event the PM also unveiled guidelines for the new crop insurance scheme, which he said was only one of the various initiatives of his government. He then listed out other schemes launched by the Centre which are aimed at farmers’ welfare.
“We are setting up a National Agriculture Market, a virtual and digital platform, in the coming days….On April 14, the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, we will launch the online platform,” Modi said at the rally where union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Radha Mohan Singh, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present.
“We want to integrate technology in the agriculture sector. There should be a mix of progressive farming and age-old wisdom,” he added.
The PM also attacked his critics while talking about the Crop Insurance Scheme. He said, “even those who never stop attacking Modi and try various means to project him (Modi) as anti-farmer have not dared to criticise this programme”.
“If farmers join this scheme, then the natural calamities will not be able to hurt them. The government also will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to help them,” Modi said.
Modi focused on the benefits of the new scheme which he said addressed all the apprehensions of the farmers. The scheme has no cap on claims and has a cap of 2 per cent on premium, explained the PM.
Under the e-agri platform, the government aims to integrate all 585 wholesale mandis of the country in a phased manner by 2018. As of now, Rs 200 crore has been set aside said the PM in his speech.
PM also pitched for ‘Start-Up’ initiatives in agriculture sector.
(With inputs from PTI)