Agriculture Current Affair 19 December 2021

Government creating unique IDs of farmers enrolled under agri-schemes, says Minister Tomar

The government is in the process of creating unique identification (ID) of farmers who have availed agricultural schemes, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Tuesday. “The unique identifier of the farmer will link the farmer profile with all the agricultural schemes, which have been availed by the farmer,” Tomar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Highlighting the advantages of creating unique ID and its benefit for the farmers, the minister said it would help in provisioning the farmer’s verification through e-Know Your Farmer (e-KYF) which would eliminate the need for re-submitting physical documents to different departments for availing benefits under different schemes.

It will also provide access to field-based and customised advisories as well as ease the process of accessing the damage to crops due to extreme weather condition, he said.

FCI to bid out silos at 249 locations with about 108 lakh MT capacity

In a bid to revamp India’s wheat storage infrastructure and reduce the overall wastage, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will soon start the bidding of 249 storage silos at 249 locations.

The government is likely to relax the Make in India clause for the Rs 12,000 crore wheat storage project which will be done through public private partnership.

The bidding of silos at 249 locations, which was earlier to be done in one go, will now be done in three phases, a senior government official said.

CCEA clears implementation of PM Krishi Sinchayee Yojana for 2021-26

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved implementation of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna’ for 2021-26 which has a provision to fund 90 per cent of water component for Renukaji and Lahkwar dams which would eventually improve water supply to Delhi. The scheme, an official statement said, would benefit about 22 lakh farmers, including 2.5 lakh Scheduled Caste and two lakh Scheduled Tribe farmers.

“Central funding of 90 per cent of water component for two national projects, namely Renukaji Dam Project (Himachal Pradesh) and Lakhwar Multipurpose Project (Uttarakhand) has been provisioned. The two projects would provide beginning of storage in Yamuna basin benefitting six states of upper Yamuna basin, augmenting water supply to Delhi as well Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan, and a major step towards rejuvenation of Yamuna,” the statement said.

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