Farmers told to make use of Fasal Bima

Farmers told to make use of Fasal Bima
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Launched with a small premium, the State government would make efforts to implement the scheme in a big way that would financially benefit a large number of farmers in the State. 

Visakhapatnam: Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao announced that the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme) will be implemented in Andhra Pradesh as a pilot project.

Launched with a small premium, the State government would make efforts to implement the scheme in a big way that would financially benefit a large number of farmers in the State.

At a review meeting held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday with the agriculture and related department officials, the Minister asked the officials to put their best efforts to make the scheme a success.

He asked the officials to encourage the farmers to go for horticulture and commercial crops that benefit them more financially rather than the traditional farming. He said there was a scope to get more funds under the MNREGA for horticulture which should be utilised by the farmers all over the State.

Stating that only 15.54 per cent of the farm lands were being used for harvesting horticulture products, the Minister told the officials to encourage the farmers to double the extent.

He also said since the southwest monsoon has set in over Andhra Pradesh as per the schedule, the farmers should get the seeds, fertilisers and other inputs on time.

When the officials told him that there were no sufficient warehouses to store the seeds, the Minister said the State government has decided to build warehouses having a capacity to store 6 lakh tonnes of seeds with 95 per cent of the funds being given by the Nabard and rest will be borne by the State.

He said the Left canal of the Polavaram would be completed shortly which would give sufficient water for irrigation and drinking purposes in the district. He asked the officials to take up Jalasiri programme for installing borewells and Neeru Chettu for removing silt from the agriculture ponds.

District Collector Dr N Yuvaraj informed the Minister that only 4.19 lakh acres of lands were getting irrigation water and remaining 6.31 lakh acres depend on the rains.

He requested the Minister to accord top priority for completion of Polavaram Left Canal, as it would enhance the farm prospects in the district.

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