PM Narendra Modi presents 2014-15 Krishi Karman Awards

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the prestigious National level ‘Krishi Karman Awards’ for the Best performing States of the year 2014-15 in a 
ceremony held at New Delhi.The awards were presented in two different categories viz. Total foodgrain production and Individual Crops.

Awards were presented to 8 State Governments, which were received by the Chief Minister of respective states. Besides this, 3 states were also given commendation awards for total food grains production.Each winning state was awarded a trophy, a citation and a monetary prize of 5 crore rupees. 

Winners of 2014-15 Krishi Karman Awards :

♦ Madhya Pradesh: For production greater than 10 million tonnes in Category I States. 
♦ Himachal Pradesh and Odisha: For production between 1 and 10 million tonnes in Category II States. 
♦ Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya: For production less than 1 million tonnes in Category III States.

Individual Crops category : Total 5 winning states were awarded a trophy, a citation and a monetary award of 2 crore rupees. These states are :-

♦ Haryana, Assam: Rice. 
♦ Rajasthan: Wheat. 
♦ Chhattisgarh: Pulses. 
♦ West Bengal: Oil Seeds.

Krishi Karman awardsKrishi Karman awards instituted in 2010-11 aims to honour the meritorious efforts of the states in foodgrains production.The objective of these awards is to encourage and motivate the states to enhance production and productivity of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals and oilseeds. 

Fasal Bima Yojana 

With the initiative of the Union Government a new scheme PM Fasal Bima Yojana has been approved for implementation across the country. An allocation of Rs. 5500 crore has been made in the Budget 2016-17 under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana which was Rs. 3185 crore in previous budget. There is an increase of about 73 % in this scheme. In the new scheme, short-comings in Crop Insurance Scheme have been removed. 

Salient Features of PM Fasal Bima Yojana were discussed are as follows: 

 This is the biggest financial support till date by the Central Government in Crop Insurance, while farmers will now have to pay the lowest premium till date for availing Crop Insurance.

 The balance premium burden will be borne by the Government - even if it is more than 90% of the total premium. 

 For food-grains, pulses and oilseeds, there will be one season – one rate for the farmer. Different rates for different crops for different districts have been removed. For Kharif: maximum 2% and for Rabi: maximum 1.5% premium is to be paid by farmers. 

 Farmers will get full financial security – there will be no capping on the premium rates and no reduction in the sum insured. 

⇒ For the first time, inundation has been included in the category of localized risks. 

 For the first time, risks of post harvest losses due to cyclone and unseasonal rainfall have been included for coverage across the country. 

⇒ For the first time, mobile and satellite technology will be used for correct estimation and quick payment of claims to farmers. 

 Under this scheme, provisions have been made for creation of mass awareness and publicity through media so that the number of insured farmers can be increased from present 20% to 50% in the next 2-3 years.

Krishi Unnati Mela

PM Narendra Modi also inaugurated ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’- the National Level Agriculture Fair-cum-Exhibition in New Delhi.‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ has been organized jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi at Indian Agriculture Research Institute from March 19-21, 2016. 

‘Theme Pavilion’, one of the major attractions at the Krishi Unnati Mela, has showcased the entire scheme of things happening in the agriculture sector.
The pavilion has 8 zones viz :- agro-climatic variety in India; water as an input to agriculture; Soil Health; Technology theme showcasing important Government schemes; Animal Husbandry and Fisheries; Agri-rejuvenation, Agri- Technology; and Horticulture. 

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