SHIMLA-10 August, 2020

CM thanks PM for launching Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for farmers

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching a financing facility of Rs one lakh crore under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund yesterday for agri-entrepreneurs, startups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for post-harvest management and nurturing farm assets.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the scheme had been designed to help farmers, as the Fund will catalyse the creation of post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets such as cold storage, collection centres and processing units. Moreover, these funds will enable the farmers to get greater value for their produce as they will be able to store and sell at higher prices, reduce wastage and increase processing and value addition, he added.

Chief Minister said this Fund would go a long way in strengthening the economy of the farmers and horticulturists by creating infrastructure facilities such as modern cold store chains in villages besides exploring opportunities to invest in post harvest management solutions such as warehousing and food processing.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Central Government has always been considerate towards the welfare of the farming community. He said that about 9,12,078 farmers of the State have been benefitted under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. He said that an amount of Rs 977.77 crore have been disbursed to these farmers of the State through six instalments. He said that the work of providing benefits to eligible farmers of the State under this scheme was still going on.

Chief Minister also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for releasing another instalment of over Rs.17,000 crores into the bank accounts of 8.5 crore farmers of the country under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana which would go a long way in empowering the farming community. He said that no middlemen or commission was needed as the amount was being transferred straight to the accounts of the farmers.

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Onkar Chand Sharma to hold charge of Vice-Chancellor CSK HP Krishi Vishvavidyalya

Principal Secretary Agriculture to the Government of Himachal Pradesh Onkar Chand Sharma to hold the charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor, CSK HP Krishi Vishvavidyalya, Palampur with effect from 11th August 2020 in addition to his own duties till the appointment of new Vice-Chancellor.

It has been directed in an order issued by Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, who is the Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalya, Palampur, here today.

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Partial modification in District Level Independence day function at Kinnaur

A spokesperson of the State Government informed here today that partial modification has been made in the district level function of Independence day to be held on 15th August,2020 at Kinnaur.

He said that Chief Whip, H.P. Vidhan Sabha Narinder Bragta will preside over the district level Independence Day function at Kinnaur in place of MPP and Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary.

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