Farmers Distress Current Affairs - 2020

Farmer Welfare: Krishi Vigyan Mela, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference launched

The GoI is taking several steps to double farmers income by 2022. In order to help achieve the target, Krishi Vigyan Mela and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference were inaugurated by Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference

The 11th Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference was held in New Delhi recently. Krishi Vigyan Kendra means Farmer Science Centre. The Conference directed the centres to focus on small and deprived farmers.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra

These Centres are created by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research. The first Krishi Vigyan Kendra was established in 1974. These centres provide different types of farm support at district level. Also, they implement on-farm testing to assess agricultural technologies.

Krishi Vigyan Mela

The Krishi Vigyan Mela was launched to make agriculture a profitable venture. It is a fair that aims to call talents in agriculture. Several discussions at the fair were conducted to ensure superior seeds are supplied to farmers at reasonable rates.

PM Kisan Mobile App launched to succeed “Doubling Farmer Income by 2022”

The successful completion of one year of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi is being celebrated on February 24, 2020. In order to commemorate its success, PM Kisan Mobile app was launched by the Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar.

Highlights

The application helps farmers to learn about their payment status, their eligibility towards a scheme and several other information. The application will help the government to reach farmers easily. It will also act as a platform to deliver information about government schemes and other beneficiaries. This overall will help GoI achieve its goal of “Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022” easily.

PM Kisan Samman Nidhi

The small and marginal landholders are eligible to receive Rs 6,000 per year under the scheme. The following higher economic status of agricultural sector are not eligible

  • Institutional Land Holders
  • Retired pensioners whose pension is more than Rs 10,000
  • Persons who paid income tax in the last year
  • Professional persons such as lawyer, doctor, engineer, architect, charted accountants, etc.