Chandigarh: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister J.P. Dalal said that the State Government has directed the concerned Department to conduct special Girdawari to assess crop damage caused due to ongoing rain showers in some parts of the State.
To compensate the farmers on time, he said that the officials have been directed to complete the process of Girdawari at the earliest.
While interacting with media persons here at his residence on September 23, 2021, he said that Mukhyamantri Bagwani Bima Yojana is the first scheme across the country which will provide insurance cover for horticulture crops in the State.
The insurance scheme is applicable only for apple farmers in Himachal Pradesh, he added.
He said that the State government has been making sterling efforts to make welfare decisions for farmers and to encourage the farmers to work under risk-free conditions.
Moreover, efforts have been made to connect the youth with the business of beekeeping, mushroom, milk processing, fisheries etc, he said.
He said that 8 to 10 percent of the area is under cultivation of horticulture crops in the state and earlier there was no insurance scheme for horticulture crops.
A total of 21 vegetables, fruits, and spice crops will be covered under the scheme, the Minister said.
Dalal said that the aim of this scheme is to encourage farmers to cultivate high-risk Horticulture Crops. This scheme covers insurance of Rs 30,000 for vegetables & spices and an insurance cover of Rs 40,000 for fruits. For this scheme, farmers will have to pay only 2.5 percent premium under which Rs 750 and Rs 1000 will be paid.
The Agriculture Minister said that the compensation survey and crop damage claim have been divided into four categories i.e. 25, 50, 75, and 100 percent. Farmers have to register their crop and area under crop cultivation on Meri Fasal Mera Byora portal. The benefits of compensation will be provided after conducting a survey, he added.
He said that the State Government has been planning to set up 5000 Har-Hith retail stores to encourage youth towards self-employment in the State. Stores will be set up over a space of 150 feet in rural areas. For this, a loan of Rs 3 lakh will be provided under the Mudra scheme, he added.
He said that youth will get 10 percent profit on sale and consumers will get best quality daily-needs products at reasonable prices.
“To set up these stores, around 1250 applications have been received so far and agreements have been signed with 150 applicants. 71 Har-Hith stores will be opened on October 7, 2021,” he added.
He said that soon around 2500 to 3000 farmers would be connected with fisheries in the state. This will create self-employment opportunities for 8000 youth.
Besides this, subsidies are also being provided to the youth for opening poultry farms, fodder blocks, etc, he added.
Dalal said that schemes like Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, Crop Residue Management, Soil Health Card, Pond Irrigation Scheme, Food Security Scheme, Biogas Gaushala Yojana, sprinkler irrigation are being implemented. (Press Release)