With an aim of providing the farmers the best of facilities available in the state, the government of the state decided to start a ‘Kisan Helpline’. Under the guidance of the Punjab agriculture university and the department of agriculture in state it has been decided to revive the ‘farmer’s service centres’.
Punjab is an agriculture state and to protect its farmers the step to start a ‘kisan helpline’ is beyond doubt a great one. The agriculture product of the state has been diminishing overall, in such a scenario providing expert help to the farmers from the Punjab agriculture university and the agriculture department gives the farmers a little edge.
Staff that is prepared to help the farmers on any issue be it related to sowing, harvesting and preserving the product will be readily available in these service centres. Punjab state chief minister also declared that these service centres would run awareness programmes to make the farmers aware about the various threats that prevail over their crop and also suggest solutions. Keeping the crop away from any disease will lead to successful product by the farmers.
The agriculture picture of the state and nation is on a dip with farmers giving up their lives due to problems of crop production or low value in the market. In such a case the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP led government in the state of Punjab has stepped up to help its farmers. Department of agriculture with the Punjab Agriculture University and even krishi vigyan kendras will join hands this year to help the farmers in their tough times. Setting up ‘kisan helplines’ will maintain the interest of the farmers and attract the youth to the agrarian community.
Earlier this year the state Agriculture Department had set up a call centre to help the farmers protect their crop from the ‘yellow rust’ that destroys the wheat crop. Any farmers who wanted to know more about the infectious disease that eats up the crop could call the helpline from 6 AM to 10PM. Scientists and farm researchers were to be made available to assist the farmers on what they should do to get rid of the yellow rust.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while informing the farmers of the state about the service centres, even asked the people handling the helplines that the work done should be on the ‘grass root level’ which would help the scientists analyse the actual problem faced by the farmers.
Organisations like IFFCO Kisan are handling the services for the state government, in order to help the farmers of the state. A helpline number has been set up which according to website of IFFCO KISAN is dedicated towards giving high quality information to the farmers of the rural areas.
The subscribers of the Green sim card given by the IFFCO Kisan can call a sic digit number 534351 to avail the services. Expert opinion is given on the matter and dedicated help is provided.