Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state government has introduced several initiatives to help the agriculture sector in the state to become “atmanirbhar” taking inspiration from the central government’s initiative.
On Sunday, Sawant tweeted “PM Shri @narendramodi ji has provided much needed impetus to the agriculture sector in this phase of pandemic. Our Govt. is working on several fronts to make Goa AatmaNirbhar in agriculture and is committed to provide all support to the farmers in the state.”
Launching a poster giving details of the initiatives, the chief minister said that special drive to offer PM Kissan Credit Card to nearly 30,000 farmers in Goa has been kick-started, making them eligible for up to Rs 1.6 lakhs collateral free credit at zero percent interest.
“Under Foot and Mouth Disease control programme vaccination commences from the second week of July, 1,76,000 doses and 88,000 ear tags supplied to achieve 100 per cent vaccination of livestock in Goa,” he added.
State Deputy Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar said that the department wants to cover maximum farmers under PMFBY (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana) scheme.
“Premium rate for enrolment under PMFBY is very low and heavily subsidized by the State and Central government,” he said.
Kavlekar said the farmers only to have pay two percent of the sum insured as share of premium for Kharif crops, 1.5 per cent of Rabi crops and five per cent for Horticulture and Commercial crops under PMFBY.