What is the News?
The Union Agriculture Minister has addressed the Chief Minister’s Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare.
The objective of the Conference
To highlight the salient features of Atma Nirbhar Krishi and to enable States to enhance farmers income. It was also an occasion to share innovative initiatives undertaken by the States.
Key Highlights from the Conference
National Farmers Database: The Ministry of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare is creating a national farmer database by taking data from existing schemes like PM-KISAN, soil health card and PM Fasal Yojana. The database will have connectivity to the State land records database.
Currently, the database of 5.5 crore farmers is ready. It will be increased to 8 crore farmers by December 2021.
Palm Oil Mission: Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) has conducted a study on the areas in which oil palm cultivation can be expanded. The need to make India self-reliant in edible oils and palms was stressed and the role of the States was discussed.
Modifications in Agriculture Infrastructure Fund: The eligibility for credit under the scheme has been extended to State Agencies/APMCs, National & State Federations of Cooperatives, Federations of Farmers Producers Organizations(FPOs) and Federations of Self Help Groups (SHGs).
The eligible activities under the scheme include community farming, assets, post-harvest management projects and primary processing.
Source: This post is based on the article “Chief Ministers Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare” published in PIB on 6th September 2021.