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Prime Minister interacts with farmer of Lateri

Webcast on PM Kisan and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund concludes
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan terms it important for farmers’ welfare
Situation of farmers and agriculture will improve: Agriculture Minister Shri Patel
 

भोपाल : रविवार, अगस्त 9, 2020, 19:46 IST

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today interacted with Shri Mukesh Sharma, a farmer from Lateri in Vidisha district. The Prime Minister was interacting with the farmers associations of the country through a webcast on the occasion of the Release of Benefit under PM Kisan and Launch of Financial Facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund programme. Farmer Shri Sharma is the Secretary of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society, Lateri in Vidisha district. On this occasion, Rs 17,100 crore was transferred by the Prime Minister to the accounts of 8 crore 55 lakh farmers by a single click. With this, arrangement of Rs one lakh crore has been made under the Financial Facility Under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for four years. The Prime Minister also interacted with farmers associations of Karnataka and Gujarat besides Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Minister terms initiative as an important step for farmers

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is taking all necessary steps to strengthen the rural economy of the country. Several welfare related decisions have been taken to benefit farmers, make them self-reliant and double their income. Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and the State Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Kamal Patel also took part in the webcast.

Agriculture Minister Shri Patel extends best wishes

State’s Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister, Shri Kamal Patel expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for providing finance facility to the cooperative societies under the Agri Infrastructure Fund. He said that this would enable the committees to undertake multipurpose activities. This will change the status of farmers and agriculture. This will enable value addition in agriculture and help create employment opportunities at the local level.

Shri Patel said that Lateri has brought fame not only to Vidisha but also to Madhya Pradesh. He said that it is a matter of pride for us that Madhya Pradesh is also included in three states of the country. He congratulated Shri Mukesh Sharma, Secretary, Primary Cooperative Credit Society, Lateri, farmers Smt. Munni Bai Kushwaha, Shri Rameshwar Chaurasia, Shri Madhav Lal Sharma, Shri Bhagwat Singh Dhakad and Shri Vinay Prakash Singh, CEO, District Cooperative Bank, Vidisha.

Message to farmers to make less use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides

During a discussion in the webcast, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi told farmer Shri Sharma to motivate his colleagues to make less use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This will help improve the health of the land. Shri Sharma told the Prime Minister that there are 1125 farmers in his committee. This committee is constantly active in crop insurance, providing fertilizers and seeds to farmers, and purchase of agricultural produce. The committee also continuously encourages members to use masks and sanitizers as precaution against Corona infection and to follow social distancing. Shri Sharma expressed gratitude to the state government for the exemption given to farmers for transportation of produce and the arrangements made in the mandis amid restrictions imposed for prevention from Corona infection. On being asked about his future plans by Prime Minister, Shri Sharma said that he plans to construct a five thousand metric tonne capacity godown and develop grading and e-mandi facilities.


Alune / Sandeep Kapoor
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