Jamshedpur: The deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar today held a meeting with the progressive farmers of various blocks at the DC office as part of the Coffee With Collector programme being run in the district for the past two months.
The DC, addressing the gathering of farmers from Potka, Bodam, Jamshedpur and Patamada, said that the farmers should adapt themselves to the changing times and needs.
He said the farmers should keep themselves updated and get linked to Kisan Portal, Soil Health Card Scheme, crop insurance scheme and other such welfare schemes to avoid risk in agriculture.
Some farmers shared their farming experiences and experiments with the DC. Some of them requested the DC to increase the size of dobha (a small reservoir for storing water for irrigation purpose) and construct a cold storage in Patamada.
They also demanded that the water pumps run by electricity should be restarted in Potka and check dams should be built over the Dimna nullah. Transport licence for pig farmers was also demanded by the farmers.
The DC assured the farmers to take steps to fulfill their demands. He said he would help build a cold storage in Patamada under the Corporate Social Responsibility scheme. He also suggested that local farmers could also make efforts to get bank loans. He said he would help the farmers get the loan.
Kumar also discussed about Krishak Mitra and functioning of banks with the farmers.
The DC said the farmers should make a work plan to ensure better use of water available to them for irrigation purpose and minimize cost.
He told them that the district administration had prepared irrigation schemes for the entire district by collecting block-wise data under the Prime Ministerís Agriculture Irrigation Scheme and that the scheme was awaiting approval of the state government.
He said the farmers could also resort to drip irrigation technique to get better harvest with minimum water availability.
The meeting was also attended by the DPRO Sanjay Kumar and district agriculture officer Kalipada Mahato.