Imphal: As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Directorate of Agriculture Manipur and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Corporation Limited Tuesday organized Farmers’ Claim Disbursement Programme for Crop Insurance Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) Kharif 2021.
The programme was held at Farmers Training Hall Directorate of Agriculture, Sanjenthong.
Speaking at the function as a chief guest, Minister Biswajit Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the scheme as agriculture is an important sector, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and allied sectors.
The Minister also suggested the concerned department erect hoarding in every place/village so that the benefits of the scheme can be availed by the farmers of the state. He also said that if there is any shortage of funds for erecting such hoardings, funds can be applied to the Planning Department. As the scheme will expire on July 31, 2022, hoarding must be erected and Information Education and Communication(IEC) materials must be distributed and uploaded about the scheme on Social Media platforms, he added.
The Minister clarified on the issue of fertilizer in the State, and informed that the department held a meeting to address the situation. Stating that the Department has issued fertilizers for distribution to the farmer and not for black marketing, Minister Biswajit appealed to the farmers to give information to the department if they come across black marketing of fertilizers.
As part of the programme, President and Head- Agri-Business Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co., Askash Agarwal presented a cheque of Rs 1,47,50,363(One Crore Forty-Seven Lakhs Fifty Thousand Three Hundred and Sixty Three) to Minister Th.Biswajit Singh for Farmers’ Claim Disbursement Programme for Crop Insurance Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) Kharif 2021 for the State.
Among others, Commissioner (Agriculture MAHUD and Arts & Culture) Govt. of Manipur, M.Joy Singh; National Co-Ordinator- Agri-Business Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co., Prashant Pandey; Director Horticulture Department, Honey Chara, attended the programme.