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Yogi govt to felicitate 100 progressive farmers in each district during 3-month long Kisan Kalyan Mission starting Jan 6


New Delhi: While hundreds of farmers from the state are agitating at the borders with Delhi against the new farm laws, the Yogi Adityanath government will be felicitating 100 “progressive farmers” in each district, 7,500 in all across the state, and hail them as ‘role models’ as part of a ‘Kisan Kalyan Mission’ starting January 6.

“100 progressive farmers in each district will be selected as role models and be felicitated and their database will be prepared,” the state chief secretary R.K. Tiwari has said in a letter to all district magistrates, adding that MPs and MLAs would be invited for Farmer Fairs which will be organised in each block of Uttar Pradesh to educate farmers about the new farm laws and help them get benefits of various schemes launched by the Centre – like Kisan Credit Cards, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi and the PM Fasal Bima Yojana. Farmers will be encourage them to go for diversified and organic farming besides offering them solutions like offering stubble for fodder at cow-shelters so as farmer do not resort to stubble burning in winters which contributes to air pollution. Kisan Credit Cards will be issued on the spot at these Farmer fairs and any issue of farmers not receiving the PM Kisan Nidhi instalments due to Aadhaar or bank records discrepancy will be resolved.

The Kisan Kalyan Mission will go on for three months till all blocks in the state are covered with 350 blocks being covered in the first phase. The representatives of new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) constituted since the enactment of the new farm laws will also be invited to these farmer fairs and issued identity certificates they will share their experience with other farmers. A dozen UP departments will be involved. The letter says farmers will also be told about the state’s efforts to buy the Kharif crop as well as other crops on MSP and the sugarcane farmers will be educated about drip irrigation technique to save water. “The state government is committed to farmers interest and removing all difficulties being faced by the farmers,” the UP CM has said on the new drive.

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