MP chairs open forum on doubling farmers' income at Bimblitan

Port Blair
4 May 2018

To mark seven points strategy of Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India for “Doubling the farmers income by 2022”, an open conversation with farmers and line department such as Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Department was held  under the chairmanship of Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament on Thursday at Bimblitan village. Besides a large gathering of farmers, Mr Raj Govind, Zilla Parishad Member, Smt V Shanti, Pradhan Beodnabad Gram Panchayat and Mr Vincent R Walter, Pradhan Sippighat Gram Panchayat  were present for the discussion. Mr Ray highlighted the importance of strategic points fixed by the Prime Minister of India to achieve the target for doubling the farmers income by 2022 which include Per drop more crops, availability of quality seed & nutrient based on soil health of each field, water housing/Cold Chain to prevent post harvest crop losses, production value addition through food processing, creation of National Farm Market, Introduction of New Insurance Scheme to mitigate risk at affordable cost  and promotion of ancillary like poultry, beekeeping & fisheries etc.
During discussion, Member of Parliament impressed upon the Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture to work with seven strategy points of the Prime Minister to achieve the target for doubling the farmer’s income by 2022. He  suggested the Director Agriculture for installation of cold storage in Bathu Basti and in Junglighat to keep the Agriculture products and others perishable items of farmers. Similarly, the Animal Husbandry department and the fisheries department have been also asked to find out the possibilities for Gokul Mission project and blue revolution project to improve the farmer’s income.
The farmers and the villagers participated in large have taken the part in the discussion and cleared their doubts of various fields of farming/cultivation & ancillary activities  with  the respective heads of department attended from the Veterinary, Fisheries and Agriculture Department. In reply to the farmer, Dr N G Poddar, Director of Animal Husbandry informed the farmer about the importance of Gokul Mission. He further informed that the department has tie-up with the Haryana Government to bring the embryo of high breed Cow in the Islands, which gives high income to the farmers by selling Cow milk, cow-dung in the form of fertilizer and urine in the form of medicine for which full fledge laboratory will come up with function shortly in Ferrargunj Tehsil. He also highlighted about the ancillary project like poultry farming, duck farming etc to improve the income. 
Mr Utam Kumar Sarkar, Director of fisheries informed the farmers that the department has taken initiative for giving training to the fishermen communities at mainland to learn the modern technology of fish catching, fish farming etc. It is further, informed that the department has tie-up with the West Bengal Government to import the high breed fish seeds for its supply amongst the interested farmers. He further, discussed in details about the fresh fish farming to improve their income.   Mr R Y Singh, Assistant Director Agri(SA) highlighted about  the  importance and benefit of Soil Health Card, use of Organic fertilizer / vermicompost, Direct Benefit Transfer and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna.
Regarding implementation of Organic farming, the Member of Parliament through a power point presentation noted that after declaration of 100 % organic of Neil Island, the agriculture product has been totally collapsed. The farmers of Neil Island now importing vegetables from mainland and Port Blair for public  and themselves.  He suggested for implementation of organic farming gradually in phase manner instead of 100 % organic farming in single attempt. He suggested for giving awareness through the pamphlet / booklet in Tamil, Bengali, Hindi, Telugu and English and also issue the Soil Health Card in bilingual instead of English alone. Villagers and farmers participated the discussion and expressed gratitude to Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister for advocating seven point strategy for doubling the farmers income by 2022.