Farmer welfare Current Affairs - 2020

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Union Cabinet approves Revamping of PM Fasal Bima Yojana and RWBCIS schemes to address challenges

On February 19, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved revamping of challenges in insurance schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS).

Highlights

The following changes are to be undertaken in the crop insurance schemes

  • The time period for an insurance company to work under the scheme is to be extended to 3 years
  • The Central subsidy has been limited to 30% for irrigated areas and 25% for irrigated areas
  • Two step processes are to be adopted for crop loss estimation
  • Technology solutions such as Smart Sampling Technique and Crop cutting are to be adopted under insurance
  • Enrolment of farmers under the scheme has been made voluntary

Benefits

With these steps, farmers will be able to cover and manage risks of agriculture production. It will also enable farmers of North Eastern Region to manage agricultural risk in a better way. The changes are to begin from the Kharif Season of 2020.

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“Apiary on Wheels” launched: A Unique Concept to help bee keeping, achieve National Honey Mission

On February 13, 2020, the Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) launched “Apiary on Wheels”. It is a unique concept framed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission). The main aim of “Apiary on Wheels” is to make migration easy.

Highlights

Apiary on wheels is an approach to make beekeeping simpler. It is a platform to carry 20 Bee Boxes. The vehicle has 2 large wheels on either sides and 4 separate compartments to place the boxes.

It also has a solar panel that automatically powers a fan when the temperature inside the boxes reaches 35 degree Celsius.

Also, it is designed in such a way that it can easily be connected with tractors or trolleys.

As a beginning, they are to be placed in mustard farms.

Significance

It addresses the challenges faced by the beekeepers. Bee keeping involves laborious and mental challenges such a placing the bee boxes in strategic positions, migrating the bee boxes and fulfil the nourishment needs of the bees. The Apiary on Wheels addresses all the above issues.

The concept was launched as a part of National Honey Mission launched in 2017

National Honey Mission

The mission since its launch has been training beekeepers, educating unemployed youths, distributing bee boxes. Under the mission, KVIC provides training and awareness to Bee farmers.

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