Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that scheme like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is a great help for a state like Assam where flood is a major problem. Speaking at the inauguration of Natural Farming Conclave in Guwahati and starting the process of officially distributing financial benefits of Fasal Bima Yojana, the Chief Minister said that the yojana has benefitted the farmers to safeguard themselves from perennial flood crisis.
It may be noted that financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 236 crores under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Yojana was provided to around 302465 farmers of the state in the last three seasons.
Sarma said that Central and State governments provided the premium free of cost as only Rs. 100 is taken as interest from the farmers. This is a significant step towards providing economic security to the farmers. Sarma also said that those farmers who sell their milk through cooperative society, State government will give them Rs. 5 per litre as subsidy.
The Chief Minister thanking the Agriculture department for organizing the conclave said that Natural Farming is bound to stay as an alternative mode of agriculture because though the modern inorganic agriculture gives high yields, it leads to depletion of soil quality as well as environment. Therefore, State government is trying to make good use of Natural Farming to increase agriculture produce and help in doubling the farmers’ income. He also said that farmers should come forward for natural farming and make it a Jan Andolan and make Assam a model state in natural farming. Natural farming is a way forward towards health and wealth.
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat who inaugurated the conclave while addressing the Natural Farming Conclave 2023 said, ” India has been an agriculture-based country by nature and culture. And Assam has huge potential in natural farming that can play a pivotal role in spreading this form of farming that was practiced by our ancestors”.