How Guwahati is Boosting Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare with RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

Do you know that Guwahati recently hosted a review meeting for the centrally sponsored schemes under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and Krishonnati Yojana? Do you know that these schemes are aimed at enhancing the production and productivity of various crops, livestock and fisheries, as well as providing income support and market linkages to the farmers? Do you know that these schemes are also promoting organic farming, soil health management, agro-forestry, micro-irrigation, value addition, climate resilience and innovation in agriculture? If you are curious to know more about these schemes and how they are benefiting the farmers of Guwahati and other states, then read on!

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the review meeting for the centrally sponsored schemes under RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana held in Guwahati on July 15, 2023. We will tell you who attended the meeting, what were the main agenda items, what were the achievements and challenges of the schemes, and what were the suggestions and recommendations made by the participants. We will also tell you how you can access more information about these schemes and apply for them.

So don’t miss any important information given in this article and read it carefully from start to end and understand every detail because we have also explained the process of downloading the application forms for these schemes in this article.

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What was the review meeting for?

The review meeting for the centrally sponsored schemes under RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana was held in Guwahati on July 15, 2023. The meeting was chaired by a four member delegation from New Delhi headed by S.Rukmani, Joint Secretary (M&T), Government of India, Department of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the state governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

The main objective of the meeting was to review the progress and performance of various schemes under RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana in the northeastern states. The meeting also aimed to discuss the issues and challenges faced by the states in implementing these schemes and to suggest ways to overcome them. The meeting also aimed to identify best practices and success stories from the states and to share them with other states for replication.

What are RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana are two umbrella schemes launched by the central government to provide holistic support to agriculture and allied sectors. RKVY stands for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana which means National Agriculture Development Scheme. Krishonnati Yojana means Agriculture Development Scheme.

RKVY was launched in 2007-08 with an aim to incentivize states to increase public investment in agriculture and allied sectors. The scheme provides flexibility and autonomy to states in planning and executing projects according to their local needs. The scheme covers various sub-schemes such as Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI), National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP), National Mission on Horticulture (NHM), National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), National Mission on Agricultural Extension & Technology (NMAET) etc.

Krishonnati Yojana was launched in 2018-19 with an aim to provide income support and market linkages to farmers through various sub-schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY) etc.

Both RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana are implemented in a mission mode with a 60:40 funding pattern between central and state governments. The schemes cover various aspects of agriculture such as crop production, crop protection, soil health management, water management, irrigation, organic farming, agro-forestry, value addition, marketing etc. The schemes also cover various sectors such as cereals, pulses, oilseeds, horticulture, livestock, fisheries etc.

What were the achievements of RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

The review meeting highlighted some of the achievements of RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana in the northeastern states. Some of the achievements are:

  • Under RKVY, the northeastern states have implemented various projects such as organic farming, soil health cards, seed production, micro-irrigation, agro-forestry, value addition, climate resilience etc. The states have also achieved significant increase in the production and productivity of various crops such as rice, maize, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables etc.
  • Under Krishonnati Yojana, the northeastern states have enrolled more than 50 lakh farmers under PMFBY and provided crop insurance coverage to them. The states have also covered more than 10 lakh hectares of land under PMKSY and provided irrigation facilities to the farmers. The states have also transferred more than Rs. 3000 crore to more than 50 lakh farmers under PM-KISAN and provided income support to them. The states have also implemented various schemes for livestock and fisheries development such as artificial insemination, vaccination, feed and fodder, fish seed production, fishery infrastructure etc.

What were the challenges of RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

The review meeting also discussed some of the challenges faced by the northeastern states in implementing RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana. Some of the challenges are:

  • The northeastern states face difficulties in timely submission of proposals, utilization certificates, progress reports etc. due to lack of manpower, infrastructure and coordination among various departments and agencies.
  • The northeastern states face difficulties in timely release of funds from the central government due to delay in approval of projects, verification of documents, reconciliation of accounts etc.
  • The northeastern states face difficulties in timely implementation of projects due to delay in tendering process, procurement of materials, execution of works etc.
  • The northeastern states face difficulties in monitoring and evaluation of projects due to lack of data, feedback mechanism, third party verification etc.

What were the suggestions and recommendations made by the participants?

The review meeting also made some suggestions and recommendations to improve the implementation of RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana in the northeastern states. Some of the suggestions and recommendations are:

  • The northeastern states should appoint dedicated nodal officers for each scheme and ensure regular coordination and communication with the central government and other stakeholders.
  • The northeastern states should prepare realistic and demand-driven proposals based on local needs and priorities and submit them well in advance for timely approval and sanction.
  • The northeastern states should ensure timely utilization of funds and submission of utilization certificates, progress reports etc. as per the prescribed guidelines and formats.
  • The northeastern states should ensure timely implementation of projects by following transparent and competitive tendering process, quality control measures, timely payment to contractors etc.
  • The northeastern states should ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of projects by collecting accurate data, conducting field visits, obtaining feedback from beneficiaries etc.

How to get more information about RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

If you want to get more information about RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana, then you can visit the following sources:

  • The official website of RKVY at https://rkvy.nic.in/
  • The official website of Krishonnati Yojana at https://krishonnatiyojana.gov.in/
  • The news article about the review meeting at https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/review-meet-for-centrally-sponsored-schemes-under-rkvy-krishonnati-yojana-held-in-guwahati/articleshow/101522551.cms

How to apply for RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

If you want to apply for RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana, then you can follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the official website of RKVY or Krishonnati Yojana as per your choice.
  • Click on the apply online option and fill in the application form with your personal details, bank account details, Aadhaar number etc.
  • Upload the scanned copies of your passport size photo, ID card, bank passbook etc. as per the requirement.
  • Submit the application form and take a printout of it for future reference.
  • Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest office of the Agriculture Department or Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and submit the application form along with the required documents.

How to download the application forms for RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana?

If you want to download the application forms for RKVY and Krishonnati Yojana, then you can follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the official website of RKVY or Krishonnati Yojana as per your choice.
  • Click on the download option and select the application form option.
  • The application form will be downloaded in PDF format on your device.
  • You can take a printout of it and fill it manually or fill it online and take a printout of it.