18th April, 2016, Vizianagaram
Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation inaugurated the Farmers’ Fair on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) organised by KVK, Rastakuntubai (ANGRAU) at Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. He emphasized that PMFBY is an important initiative and demonstrates the commitment of the government for farmers’ welfare. The scheme apart from ensuring a lower crop insurance premium and higher sum assured, brings tenant farmers into the fold, covers crop damage due to local calamities and permits use of smart technology for quick settlement of claims.
Shri M.K. Naik, District Collector and Magistrate urged the agricultural department officials to launch follow up awareness programs in the villages.
Shri Prasadala Ramakrishna, Municipal Chairperson inaugurated an exhibition jointly arranged by KVK, Rastakuntubai and Regional Agricultural Research Station.
Smt Swathi Sobha Rani, ZP Chairperson, Dr K.A. Naidu, MLA, Gajapathinagaram, Shri Dwarapureddi Jagadish, MLC, Pravathipuram, Smt G. Sandhya Rani, MLC, Satur participated and emphasised the need for PMFBY especially for the benefit of small and marginal farmers in the district.
Shri V.V.S. Rao, Chief Manager, Agricultural Insurance Company Ltd., Hyderabad explained the features of PMFBY and answered farmers queries and clarifications regarding the new insurance scheme.
Dr.Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone V, Hyderabad briefed the role of ICAR in creating awareness on PMFBY through its KVKs in 50 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra so far.
Farmer friendly literature on PMBFY in Telugu was released by the Chief Guest which was distributed to about 1000 participating farmers.
Senior officials of ANGRAU, line departments and ATMA participated in the program.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone V, Hyderabad)