5th April, 2016, Umiam
A one day Farmers Fair-cum-awareness Programme on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY) was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ri-Bhoi under ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya today.
Shri Vincent H. Pala, Member of Parliament, Shillong while inaugurating the programme emphasized on the importance of the Crop Insurance Scheme under PMFBY. He encouraged the farmers to take full benefit of the Scheme that will provide insurance coverage and financial support in time for the loses of crops due to natural calamities or pest and diseases. He also stressed upon the fact that the farmers should be well-informed about various schemes which are meant to provide assistance to the farmers for their benefit in the long run due to climate change and aberrant weather conditions.
Dr. A. K. Tripathi, Director In-Charge, ICAR Umiam and Nodal Officer of KVKs requested the farmers of Ri Bhoi District to avail the benefits of the scheme.
Dr. B. C. Deka, Director, ATARI Zone-III, ICAR Umiam explain the scheme in detail and urged them to play a more proactive role for ensuring their financial upliftment and insure their crops.
Father James, Director, RRTC Umran in his speech list out the various benefits of the scheme to the farmers.
Earlier, Dr. M. Mokidul Islam, Programme Coordinator, KVK Ri-Bhoi requested the farmers to insure their crops under PMFBY by paying lowest premium @ 1.5 % for Kharif crops, 2% for Rabi crops and 5% for commercial/ horticultural crops.
The programme was attended by Jt. Director, Directorate of Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Meghalaya, Project Director ATMA, DDM, NABARD, representatives of different Insurance Companies, Scientists and Staff of ICAR, Umiam as well as about 300 farmers of Ri Bhoi District.
(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ri-Bhoi)