3.3 lakh fertilizer retail shops to be converted to Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras in a phased manner
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 600 Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendra (PMKSK) under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers on October 17, 2022.
Under the scheme, the fertilizer retail shops in the country will be converted into PMKSK in a phased manner. PMKSK will cater to a wide variety of needs of the farmers and provide agri-inputs (fertilizers, seeds, and implements); testing facilities for soil, seeds, and fertilizers; generate awareness among farmers; provide information regarding various government schemes and ensure regular capacity building of retailers at block/district level outlets. More than 3.3 lakh retail fertilizer shops are planned to be converted into PMKSK.
During the event, the Prime Minister will launch Bhartiya Jan Urvarak Pariyojana - One Nation One Fertilizer. Under the scheme, the Prime Minister will launch Bharat Urea Bags, which will help companies market fertilizers under the single brand name "Bharat".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate the two-day event “PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022” on 17th October at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
The event brings together more than 13,500 farmers from across the country and around 1,500 agri startups. More than one crore farmers, from various institutions are expected to attend the event virtually. The Sammelan will also witness participation of researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
In a reflection of the continued commitment of the Prime Minister towards welfare of the farmers, during the event, the Prime Minister will release the 12th installment amount of Rs. 16,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Under the scheme, eligible farmer families are provided a benefit of Rs. 6,000 per year in three equal installments of Rs. 2,000 each. So far, eligible farmer families have received benefits of more than Rs. 2 lakh crore under PM-KISAN.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Agri Startup Conclave and Exhibition. About 300 startups will showcase their innovation related to Precision Farming, Post-Harvest & Value Add Solutions, Allied Agriculture, Waste to Wealth, Mechanisation for Small Farmers, Supply Chain Management, Argi-Logistic, among others. The platform would facilitate startups to interact with farmers, FPOs, agri-experts, corporates etc. Startups will also share their experience and interact with other stakeholders in technical sessions.
During the event, the Prime Minister will also launch ‘Indian Edge’, an e-magazine on fertilizer. It will provide information on domestic and international fertilizer scenarios, including recent developments, price trends analysis, availability and consumption, success stories of farmers, among others.
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