An Expo cum Kisan Mela and hand over ceremony of tractors and power tiller under ANKY

Publish Date : 11/03/2022

Roing, March 11: An Expo cum Kisan Mela – Sale Exhibition under RKVY- Raftaar 2021-22 and hand over ceremony of tractors and power tiller under ANKY was held today at General Ground, Roing. The programme was virtually attended and flagged off by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Minister(Agriculture) Tage Taki and CS Naresh Kumar from Itanagar.

The Expo cum Kisan Mela was inaugurated and attended by Secretary(Agriculture) Bidol Tayeng, Director (Agriculture) Anong Lego, DC Soumya Saurabh(IAS), SP J. K. Lego, officers and officials of Agriculture departments of various districts, heads of departments, progressive farmers, SHG members and farmers of the district. 8 districts of LDV, East Siang, Lower Siang, Siang, Upper Siang, West Siang, Shi Yomi and Dibang Valley participated in the programme.

CM Pema Khandu, during his virtual address, stated that the COVID 19 pandemic has made us realise the importance of being sufficient and hence the government has introduced the Atma Nirbhar Krishi Yojana and Atma Nirbhar Bagwani Yojana to aid farmers in making the state ‘Atmanirbhar’. He also expressed his satisfaction over the successfully introduction of the schemes and assured to increase the allocation under AKNY and ANBY in the budget so that more farmers and SHGs benefit.

The CM promised to help the farmers in all possible ways through the provision of loans/ subsidies, farm equipments, machinery, fertilzers and seeds. He informed all about the centre and state flagship programmes related to agriculture and allied sectors and encouraged the farmers to take full advantage to become self sufficient and make Arunachal Pradesh a self sufficient state.

Minister(Agriculture) Tage Taki said that the farming sector in the state suffered from a lack of manpower and machinery, which held the farmers back, but this initiative of the government has given a boost to the farmers and so he expressed his hope that an agricultural revolution would begin from Lower Dibang Valley district.

CS Naresh Kumar informed about the decision to simplify the loan application process under ANKY and ANBY and said that online application process would be started in the future. He also informed about the decision to allocate a sizeable portion of the subsidies under the schemes to SHGs and said that handholding of farmers would be done. A call centre will be set up to answer the queries and provide solutions to the farmers of the state, he added.

Secretary(Agriculture) Bidol Tayeng informed about the ANKY and stated that credit linkage to provide loans to farmers is being done by State Bank of India, APEX bank and AP Rural bank and the components of the scheme would be of 45 % as bank loan, 45 % as govt subsidy and 10 % to be given by the farmer. He informed that an amount of upto 10 lacs could be taken without collateral by SHGs. He also appealed to the beneficiaries to repay the bank loans for the successful implementation of the scheme.

Director (Agriculture) Anong Lego, DC Soumya Saurabh and progressive farmer Gagan Perying also spoke on the occasion. 23 tractors and 12 power tillers under ANKY and 10 tractors under SMAM were flagged off to be handed over to the selected beneficiaries. Business organisations like Mahindra and VST, Jain Irrigation and Premier irrigation company showcased and demonstrated their products. KVK Balek provided technical knowledge on lab to land transfer of technology to the farmers during the technical session.