09 August 2020, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today interacted with Mr. Mukesh Sharma, a farmer from Lateri in Vidisha district. The Prime Minister was interacting with the farmers associations of the country through a webcast on the occasion of the Release of Benefit under PM Kisan and Launch of Financial Facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund programme.
Mr. Sharma is the Secretary of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society, Lateri in Vidisha district. On this occasion, Rs 17,100 crore was transferred by the Prime Minister to the accounts of 8 crore 55 lakh farmers by a single click. With this, arrangement of Rs one lakh crore has been made under the Financial Facility Under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for four years. The Prime Minister also interacted with farmers associations of Karnataka and Gujarat besides Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister terms initiative as an important step for farmers
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking all necessary steps to strengthen the rural economy of the country. Several welfare related decisions have been taken to benefit farmers, make them self-reliant and double their income.
Message to farmers to make less use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides
During a discussion in the webcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told farmer Mr. Sharma to motivate his colleagues to make less use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This will help improve the health of the land.
Mr. Sharma told the Prime Minister that there are 1125 farmers in his committee. This committee is constantly active in crop insurance, providing fertilizers and seeds to farmers, and purchase of agricultural produce. The committee also continuously encourages members to use masks and sanitizers as precaution against Corona infection and to follow social distancing.
Mr. Sharma expressed gratitude to the state government for the exemption given to farmers for transportation of produce and the arrangements made in the mandis amid restrictions imposed for prevention from Corona infection. On being asked about his future plans by Prime Minister, Shri Sharma said that he plans to construct a five thousand metric tonne capacity godown and develop grading and e-mandi facilities.