Rahish, is a progressive farmer from Taoru block, Nuh district, Haryana. He is also a member of the Village Development Committee (VDC) set up as a part of a CSR project implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation. In VDC sessions organized in the village since June 2021, awareness is created among selected villagers about modern agricultural practices as well as inform them on provisions of various government programs related to agriculture and animal husbandry.
In August 2021, the provisions of the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ scheme were discussed in the VDC session. It is an online portal launched by the Haryana Government to provide the farmers of the state with multiple services on a single portal. The farmers can register into the portal to access all the online services offered by the Haryana Government. Through this scheme, farmer registration, crop registration, and details pertaining to farming are obtained online. By registering in this portal, the farmers can easily get information related to crop sowing, market, subsidy for food and seeds, loans, agricultural equipment, as well as on assistance during natural calamities. In addition to these, the crops of farmers registered on this portal are purchased at the support price fixed by the government.
Rahish attended this session on “knowing about the advantages and procedure of registering in the Meri Fasal Mera Byora portal.” Subsequently, in a few days, he registered in this scheme. Rahish not only utilized the information he received from the VDC session himself, but also spread the information to other farmers so they could also benefit from this scheme. During informal social gatherings, he motivated eight to ten farmers to register in the portal and helped them with the registration process. Aas Mohammad, Ali Jaan, Kheiruna, Umar Mohammad, and others are appreciative of Rahish and the project initiative, due to which they became aware of this scheme. Aas Mohammad says, “By registering in the portal, we can now avail benefits of Minimum Support Price and also get prior information about crop sowing, market rates, among others.”
Authors: Arun Kumar and Debika Goswami
(Arun is assistant program leader and Debika is senior program lead, Local Participation and Sustainability at S M Sehgal Foundation)