Latest Best Government Schemes & Profitable Programmes in Agriculture for Farmers

The top most priority of Government is the welfare of farmers. Many schemes and programmes in agriculture sector have been inaugurated in this regard. We will inform you about the agricultural schemes and programmes which are beneficial for the farmers.

Latest Best Government Schemes & Profitable Programmes in Agriculture for Farmers
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The top priority of Government of India is the welfare of farmers. In this regard, it has inaugurated several schemes and programmes in agriculture sector. So as to, improve the economic conditions of the farmers.  

The agricultural schemes and programmes are beneficial for the farmers. Hence, they must be aware about it. 

In this article, we will inform you about the most popular and beneficial government schemes in India.

Important government schemes in agriculture:

PM Kisan Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana is launched by the Government. Under this scheme, 120 million small and marginal farmers of India with less than two hectares of landholding will get up to Rs. 6,000 per year as a minimum income support. PM-Kisan scheme is operational since 1st December 2018, wherein cultivators will get Rs. 6000 in three installments. 

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

It is a pension scheme launched by PM Narendra Modi for the small & marginal farmers of India. Under PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana, around 5 crore marginalised farmers will get a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month on attaining the age of 60. However, those in the age group of 18 - 40 years will be eligible to apply for the scheme. Under it, the farmers will be required to make a monthly contribution of Rs 55 to 200, which will depend on their age of entry, in the Pension Fund (PF) till they reach the retirement date, 60 years. The Government will make an equal contribution of the same amount in the PF for the cultivators. 

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Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)

This yojana is an actuarial premium based scheme where farmers has to pay maximum premium of 2 percent for Kharif, 1.5 percent for Rabi food, oilseed crops and 5 percent for annual commercial or horticultural crops. The remaining part of the actuarial or bidded premium is equally shared by the Central and State Government. The important purpose of this scheme is to facilitate quick claims settlement. The claims must be settled within 2 months of harvest subject to timely provision of yield data and share of premium subsidy by State Government.

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Soil Health Card Scheme

This scheme was launched in the year 2015 to help the State Governments to issue Soil Health Cards to Indian farmers. In this scheme, information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil is provided along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility. 

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Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY)

This yojana is implemented with the aim to promote organic cultivation in India. The important point is to improve soil health, organic matter content and to boost the net income of the farmer so as to realize premium prices.  Under PKVY, an area of 5 lakh acre is targeted to be covered through 10,000 clusters of 50 acre each, from 2015-16 to 2017-18. 

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)

The PMKSY was launched on 1 July 2015. Its motto is ‘Har Khet Ko Paani’ to provide end to end solutions in irrigation supply chain, viz. water sources, distribution network & farm level applications. The scheme focuses on creating sources for assured irrigation, and protective irrigation by harnessing rain water at micro level through ‘Jal Sanchay’ & ‘Jal Sinchan’. 

National Agriculture Market (e-NAM)

It gives an e-marketing platform at the national level and also support in creation of infrastructure to enable e-marketing. The new market process is revolutionizing agriculture markets by guaranteeing better price discovery. It brings in transparency and competition which enables cultivators to get improved remuneration for their produce moving towards ‘One Nation One Market’.  

Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS)

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHD&F) had initiated a pilot scheme known as “Venture Capital Scheme for Dairy & Poultry” in the year 2005-06.  The scheme aims to extend support for setting up small dairy farms and other components to bring structural changes in the dairy sector. However, later DAHD&F changed its name to 'Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme' (DEDS) and the revised scheme came into operation from 1st September, 2010. 

Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP)

The programme was started as a sub-scheme under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Its aim was to improve quality of life of farmers’ especially, small and marginal farmers by giving a complete package of activities to maximize farm returns. It also helps to increase agricultural productivity of rain-fed areas in a sustainable way by adopting suitable farming system based approaches. It minimises the adverse impact of possible crop failure due to drought, flood or un-even rainfall distribution through diversified and composite farming system. It helps in increasing farmer’s income and livelihood support for reduction of poverty in rain-fed areas.

National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)

It is one of the eight Missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). It aims at promoting Sustainable Agriculture via climate change adaptation measures, boosting agriculture productivity especially in Rain-fed areas with a focus on integrated farming, soil health management & synergizing resource conservation.

Schemes under NMSA are as follows:

Rainfed Area Development (RAD) - implemented by RFS Division.
Soil Health Management (SHM) - implemented by INM Division
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) - implemented by INM Division
Sub Mission on Agro Forestry (SMAF) - implemented by NRM Division
Soil and Land Use Survey of India (SLUSI) - implemented by RFS Division
National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) - implemented by RFS Division
Mission Organic Value Chain Development in North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) - implemented by INM Division
National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) - implemented by INM Division

Livestock Insurance Scheme

This scheme aims to provide protection mechanism to farmers and cattle rearers against any eventual loss of animals due to death. It also tells about the benefit of livestock insurance to dairy farmers and popularizes it with the ultimate goal of attaining qualitative improvement in livestock and their products.