A NON-FARMING PRO FARMERS COMMUNITY
Take a step forward and be a part of the revolution to save a million lives.
More than 2,000 farmers suicide cases were reported due to agrarian reasons in 2015. Over 400 farmers
committed suicide in last four months in Maharashtra.
But does it affect you? Will you remember this tomorrow and the day next, as you go back to your usual life? Here is what you are most oblivious of: Your part of responsibility in making this vicious puzzle.
GROWING CARBON FOOTPRINTS OF URBAN LIVING IS THE KEY FACTOR CAUSING MORE VOLATILE AND ERRATIC WEATHER CONDITIONS.
And this intensifies the chain of agrarian crisis, leading to successive years of drought and crop failure and perpetuating the cycle of rural tragedy. Aren't you a part of it? You are. But what's more important is to know what you can do about it. And you won't be alone in this journey, the brightest of minds across the nation will be there as your co-fellows.
Do you want to take this up? Then this Fellowship Program is for YOU.
This four month course would take you through the roots of Indian agricultural scene and the key causes of low agricultural productivity in our country. The underlying problem is not only the vagaries of nature, but most importantly the lack of provision for timely protection of risks involved in farming, be it crop failures on account of floods or drought or be it massive loss of yield due to pest attacks and crop diseases. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) introduced in June 2016 is a progressive step in this direction that can deal with yield losses and post - harvest losses and conduct farm level risk assessment and historical analysis of localized calamities as well as equip farmers with advanced technology like remote sensing, smart phones and drones. Weather Risk Management Services Pvt. Ltd. and myfarminfo.com working hand in hand with the government agencies towards effective implementation of PMFBY, have crafted this course to make you experience the nitty-gritty of the agricultural system in order to enable you to guide the farmers in the distressed areas and transform their lives forever. The course will give you exposure and hands on training in the following areas and you will get this opportunity to educate a group of farmers and work closely with them contributing towards resolution of agrarian crisis in some of the key affected areas.
CROP is an integrated system of solutions that guarantee formidable yield improvement and crop quality improvement.
The agro advisory inputs are essential decision support systems to farmers helping them with the following:
Crop insurance is a must for the farmers, and more and more farmers need to be encouraged to take up the crop cover. Currently PMFBY covers kharif, rabi as well as annual commercial and horticultural crops. For kharif crops, the premium charged is up to 2% of the sum insured whereas for rabi crops, it is up to 1.5% and for annual commercial and horticultural crops, it is 5%. The remaining share of premium will be borne equally by the central and respective state governments to provide full insured amount to the farmers. Since there is no upper cap on government subsidy, even if the balance premium is 90%, the government will bear it. It is open to all farmers (loanee and non loanee), but not mandatory to anyone. Within next 2-3 years, the scheme aims to bring 50% farmers under the scheme.
The scheme covers yield losses and post - harvest losses but does not include losses due to pest attacks and farm price fluctuations. Farm level risk assessment and historical analysis of localized calamities too form integral parts of PMFBY. This is going to speed up the claim assessment process in the days to come and 25% of the likely claims are expected to be settled directly on farmers account. The scheme proposes mandatory use of remote sensing, smart phones and drones for quick estimation of crop loss to translate this vision into reality.
Though these facilities are available, the possibilities are clouded by low level of awareness coupled with problems like poor land records, flawed land titles, corruption. You are expected to design campaigns to create widespread awareness that would enlighten the farmers to avail these benefits and inform them regarding the prerequisites, processes and expenses involved as well as the benefits attached.
STF CREW DEFINITION
The Research Team:
The research team will be constituted by people from Liberal Arts background conversant in policy research. The key deliverable of this team will be to collate the most essential research inputs and craft them into modules containing a comprehensive set of guidelines for the farmers as well as the entire STF crew. The modules will contain:
The CROP (Care and Reassurance for Optimal Production) implementation team will involve everyone in the STF crew. The lead trainers will be chosen from the research team as well as the outreach team based on their specific communication approach to interact with the farmers. The trainers are expected to be respectful to the local culture and belief system and treat the community of cultivators with dignity. The key deliverable of this team will be to promote greater awareness about CROP and present a portfolio of sustainable solutions to the farmers. They ought to listen empathetically to the farmers, understand their needs and collect their feedback on the key advices offered. The presentation by the lead trainers will drive discussions in the following three areas:
The trainers will also be providing them with agroadvisory inputs related to
Fellows will be equipped with training and resources for effective implementation of the CROP (Care and Reassurance for Optimal Production) scheme across the chosen district.
The outreach team will be constituted by IT professionals or people from PR / marketing background or interested in such activities. The key deliverable of this team will be to get the farmers’ stories out to the world, reach out to a larger audience and engage with them in every possible way so that the movement becomes even bigger and involves everyone who is willing to contribute to the cause. The outreach team will be entrusted with the following responsibilities: