Khamdong, May 31 ( IPR): An awareness-cum-token distribution program of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services dept. for Khamdong constituency was held at Simik Lingzey Village Administrative Centre, today. The program was graced by the Hon’ble Minister-cum-area MLA Dr. MK Sharma, as the chief guest and the Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture, Horticulture and AH&VS Shri Lok Nath Sharma as the guest of honor.
A total of five hundred and sixty-one households benefited from the farming mechanization tools, equipment, and also the financial incentives of agricultural produce under Mukhyamantri Krishi Atma Nirbhar Yojana. It was informed that the farming equipment including power tiller, chaff cutter, functional packhouse, low-cost greenhouse plastic, silage bags, and production financial incentives had a monetary value of rupees one crore, twenty lakh, and ninety-nine thousand were handed over to the beneficiaries.
It may be mentioned here that the Cheques of financial incentives per kilogram of production of notified crops, vegetables, spices, and fruits were handed over to four hundred twenty ( 420) beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Krishi Atma Nirbhar Yojana, for the first time which earlier was availed through direct bank transfer (DBT).
Hon’ble Minister Dr. MK Sharma stated that the program was a very special one for the farming community of his constituency. The agricultural farming scenario at present is in a transforming stage and everyone should be updated with adequate knowledge, technology, and trained skills. He encouraged farmers to acquire more knowledge and information in order to secure available benefits and generate significant output in changing dimensions from conventional farming to experience-based learning. The farmers should come forward to be aware of all facilities and programs and connect themselves with the practice of farming with full potential. He underlined the prestigious dignity of farming and marked the profession, as the most sustainable, globally.
He added that the state government has given all support to uplift farmers while the farming community needs to prepare themselves to be more determined and professional. He also advised a knowledge-sharing program amongst the farmers of different localities to enhance the production level for the revival of depleting varieties, too.
He informed that the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Animal Husbandry has provided agricultural tools and financial incentives of Rupees One Crore, Twenty Lakh, and Ninety-nine thousand for the Khamdong constituency and expressed the heartiest gratitude to the concerned departments.
He also had placed demands for the implementation of the PMKSY cluster in two GPUs and the creation of water resources for farmers.
Minister, Agriculture Shri Lok Nath Sharma, in his address, emphasized the unfathomable importance of agriculture as a profession in human society and motivated farmers to adopt a lucrative and sustainable profession of farming.
He appealed to the educated youth to initiate cluster farming and promote entrepreneurship for self-reliance.
He announced to implementation of the PMKSY cluster in Simik Lingzey GPU and Dung-Dung Thasa under which each GPU will be given benefits of around rupees two crores. He also announced the creation of a water resource at the cost of rupees seven lakhs in the dry region of the khamdong-Singtam constituency.
He also announced to establish the Custom Hiring Center at Simik Lingzey GPK at the financial cost of rupees nine lakh and fifty thousand only.
He articulated the benefits of agro-based tourism and advised farmers to take advantage of advanced means of communication to advertise in attracting visitors and tourists.
Minister Sharma shared his experiences of the US visit and motivated local farmers by encouraging them to practice farming and increase their earning capabilities through agriculture and other allied sectors.
He also informed that the marketing alternatives have been channelized while the farming community should be able to provide the required demands.
Shri Lok Nath Sharma added that the state government under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P S Tamang has ensured the true monetary value of organic products with the launching of numerous farming schemes with financial incentives. The ruling government has focused on the development of the rural population and ensured the flow of funds in the form of financial incentives under various schemes. The state government has been providing more than fifteen crore rupees as the financial incentives for milk under the Mukhyamantri Pashudhan Samridhi Yojana, annually. A total of 1450 unemployed youths were provided a credit of twenty-two crores under “Development Through Credit” and became entrepreneurs in agriculture and allied sectors.
Secretary, Horticulture, Shri BB Subba, informed that the department has distributed the financial incentives in the form of cheques to the beneficiaries under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atma Nirbhar Yojana. The amount of the Production Incentive Scheme above three thousand will be handed over in cheque and below three thousand will be transferred directly to their bank account. He also encouraged farmers toward Paramparagat Krishi and Integrated Farming.
Principal Director, AH&VS, Dr. BM Chettri, elaborated on various steps of dairy farming strategies to be taken care of so as to acquire an optimum quantity of milk from cow rearing. He also advised farmers to take benefit of PM Mudra Yojana.
Director, Agriculture, Shri Sonam Rinchen Bhutia, highlighted various schemes like National Food Security Mission, Integrated Nutritional Management, MOVCD-NER and drew light on the ways of acquiring benefits.
Earlier, Additional Director, AH&VS, Dr. Tilak Ghatani proposed the welcome address.