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Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launches ‘AIF Interest Subvention & CGTMSE Fee Claim Portal'

Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the 'AIF Interest Subvention & CGTMSE Fee Claim Portal' and 'Krishi Katha' blog platform to streamline financial assistance and amplify farmers' voices.

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Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launched ‘AIF Interest Subvention & CGTMSE Fee Claim Portal'
Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launched ‘AIF Interest Subvention & CGTMSE Fee Claim Portal'

In a significant move to enhance agricultural support and digital integration, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched web portal today. Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Bhagirath Choudhary were also present in the programme. The Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (DA&FW) and NABARD have jointly developed a web portal to automate and speed up the process of settlement of interest subvention claims of banks submitted under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF). Chairman, NABARD, senior officers of DA&FW and banks were also present. The event also saw the launch of 'Krishi Katha,' a blog platform aimed at amplifying farmers' voices.

Addressing on the occasion, Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Modi government is committed to increase farmer’s income taking various measures. He said Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) was launched by PM Modi with 1 lakh crore funding in a bid to increase storage capacity for crops and reduce losses for farmers. He said the newly launched automation of credit claims will ensure timely settlement of claims within a day, which otherwise took months for manual settlement. He said the move will also ensure transparency and check corrupt methods.  

Chauhan said the new portal on sharing of farmers experience will enable the farming community to gain from each other’s experiences. He said there are several farmers who are self-experimenting and their successful stories should be brought forward for others to emulate. Union Minister said that the investments worth Rs 72,000 crore have been mobilised with Rs 43,000 crore already sanctioned for 67,871 projects under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund till today. Additionally, banks can anticipate quicker settlement of interest subvention claims.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that the automated system would help in calculating accurate eligible interest subvention through the portal avoiding the possible human error in manual processing and also help in faster settlement of the claims. The portal shall be used by banks, Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) of DA&FW and NABARD. The automation of the interest subvention claim and credit guarantee fee claim processing will help the government in releasing accurate interest subvention, reduce the turn-around time and in turn help the farmers and agri entrepreneurs financially and encourage them to take up more such projects for development of agriculture in the country.

Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with other officials
Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with other officials

Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also launched Krishi Katha, a blogsite meant to serve as a digital platform to showcase the voice of the Indian farmers, dedicated to amplifying the experiences, insights and success stories of farmers across the country.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the voices and stories of farmers often remain uncovered in the vast and diverse landscape of Indian agriculture. Behind every crop, every field, and every harvest, lies a narrative of resilience, struggles, challenges and triumphs. "Krishi Katha" aims to provide a comprehensive and immersive storytelling space where the narratives of India's agricultural community can be shared and celebrated.

Union Minister highlighted that the launch of Krishi Katha is a significant move towards acknowledging and amplifying the voice of our farmers. He emphasized that their stories of resilience and innovation are the cornerstone of our agricultural sector and expressed confidence that this platform will serve as a wellspring of inspiration for others. The objectives behind this initiative will be helpful in raising awareness, facilitating exchange of knowledge, fostering collaboration and empowering farmers.

Farmer voices highlighted on Krishi Katha show us how farmers have used innovative farming methods and benefited from different schemes of government to aid in their farming practices along with stories of the transformative power of community-driven farming. It aims to inspire and showcase the stories of the Indian farmer and foster a sense of pride in the farming profession and promote resilience among farmers. In short it provides a platform to celebrate farming and farmers of Bharat.

The Agriculture Infrastructure Fund scheme was launched in 2020, with the objective of development of post-harvest management infrastructure for reducing losses, realisation of better value to farmers, innovation in agriculture and attracting investments for creation of Agriculture infrastructure with a total outlay of Rs 1 lakh crore funding through the banks and financial institutions upto 2025-26. The scheme provides for 3% interest subvention to beneficiaries of the scheme for the loans given by banks upto Rs 2 crore for a maximum period of 7 years, besides  reimbursement of credit guarantee fee paid by banks. 

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