Around Rs 32,000 meant to compensate farmers, who have incurred crop loss, found its way into the bank accounts of students in Vijayapura. The mistake came to light during the tri-monthly meeting of the Karnataka development progress committee on Tuesday. District minister MB Patil was understandably miffed with the mix-up. He asked the sub-division assistant commissioner to probe if the funds were being misappropriated and submit a report.
The government has issued notification for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) during Rabi 2016-17 season. The notification issued by the cooperation department said all farmers growing the six notified crops – paddy, groundnut, mustard, potato, blackgram and greengram – under notified areas for them will be included in the scheme.
Daunting task lies ahead for Agriculture department officials implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), a crop insurance scheme started this fiscal, as farmers in the district have not shown any interest for insurance in earlier years due to specific reasons. Of the 1,38,393 farmers enumerated in the district, only much less than 5,000 persons have joined the PMFBY in the district till now.
The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) programme was introduced in India in 1998 and continues amidst much fanfare even today. Policymakers over the last decade and a half seem to have taken a liking to this programme, and it has been widely recognised as a massive reform in agricultural lending in the country. However, there is little empirical evidence on the success of the programme and its effects on intended beneficiaries, that is, farmers and rural households.
Of late, Telangana people are gung-ho on creation of new districts. There seemed to be much happiness on faces of the people following festivals – Dusshera and Diwali – bursting crackers all around and worshiping KCR as God on the streets were also witnessed. Amidst the high-spirited merriment of the realtors on creation of new revenue divisions and mandals, travails of farming community continues as the State government turning a blind eye on their crop insurance.
Hundreds of farmers attended a crop seminar titled ‘Amar Pothar, Amar Kotha’ which was organised by the Doordarshan Kendra here in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, Assam, at Dalgaon Seed Farm in Darrang on Saturday. The farmers participated in the interaction programme with the agricultural scientists and agricultural officers, said a statement issued today. The seminar was telecast live by the Doordarshan Kendra Guwahati in DD-1 and DD-13 (North East) channels.
The Odisha government today began the disbursement of special drought assistance to the affected farmers in the state beginning with Baragarh, Bolangir and Khurda districts through electronic transfer system. The state government provided a financial assistance of Rs 100 per quintal to the drought-hit farmers who were affected during the Kharif season last year.
Low pressure-induced rain has damaged paddy crops in the coastal Kendrapara district. Crop loss is being reported from villages of Aul, Mahakalapada, Rajnagar, Marsaghai and Garadapur blocks of the district. Heavy rain lashed the district damaging autumn paddy crops and seasonal vegetables. Gayadhar Dhal, the secretary of Kendrapara district Krusaka Sabha, has demanded survey of the damage caused to the crops by rain and appropriate compensation for affected farmers.
Winter has set in but the Rajasthan government is still waiting for the central teamwhich was to assess the losscaused to crops and infrastructure due to heavy rains during the monsoon season. The team was scheduled to visit the state on October 24-26, but it was postponed at the last minute. No new date has been announced so far.
An expected visit of a Central team to the region on Thursday to gather first hand information on prevailing drought and crop loss has raised the hopes of beleaguered farmers. Mandya, Mysuru, Chamrajnagar and Hassan districts have been severely affected for the second consecutive year due to monsoon failure. The Mysuru district has recorded a 44 per cent deficit rainfall affecting the crops in 1.18 lakh hectares.
With Karnataka facing drought for the sixth consecutive year, the centre on Wednesday sent a team to assess the ground situation in the state. The team after taking stock of the situation will submit a report, which will be placed before the high-level committee (HLC), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, for consideration of release of relief funds from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).
Basmati crop on nearly 3,000 hectares has been affected by brown planthopper and blast disease. A farmer from Amipur village, said, “Pusa-1121 and C-30 varieties on nearly eight hectares in my fields have been affected by the diseases. Nearly 70 per cent crop has lodged and the yield is four-five quintal per acre. A huge amount of money was spent on pesticides and other sprays to save the crop, but to no avail.
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