|Agro Service Centres and Service Delivery including Regional Farm Facilitation Centres||H/A: 2401-00-113-83
Agro service centres (ASC) established at block level to facilitate integration of services like mechanisation, ATMA based extension, credit support, weather advisory services, soil testing support and other technology based services. In order to provide full-fledged service to the farmers at a single point, it is necessary that the various requirements of farmers such as agricultural inputs, farms related information like credit, marketing etc. are brought under a common service centre. With this objective, agro service centres are established. The agro service centres established at the block level in the first phase is to support transfer of technology and service delivery. The Panchayat Raj institutions are expected to provide additional infrastructure support to the Agro service centres. These centres act as technology and information disseminating centres with facilitating role in field visits. A mobile farm clinic is also established at the block level to provide solution to the field problems equipped with audiovisual and online support. The Agro service centres work to support the ATMA activities as well as mechanization. The farmers service centers proposed at the block level under the Cooperation Department will be linked with the agroservice centres for input delivery. It is proposed to establish 20 new centres during 2018-19.
In order to reduce administrative work, a comprehensive software for progress monitoring from KrishiBhavan upwards till directorate, total computerisation and internet support and mobility support was developed in 2012-13. From 2012-13 onwards, all the subsidies are distributed through bank accounts of farmers. The outlay will also be utilized to support e-payment system covering data entry and software development. An amount of Rs.407.00 lakh is provided to support man power at block level on contract basis for e-payment system for a maximum period one year initiated through National E-Governance Programme (NeGP). An amount of Rs.50.00 lakh is set apart for setting up soil testing labs through selected Agroservice centers based on the approved pattern.
In order to strengthen further the activities of the centres, an amount of Rs.275.00 lakh is set apart for the purchase of need based machineries through the centres, since local requirement have to be addressed. An amount of Rs.200.00 lakh is set apart for the purchase of three wheelers, training, biopharmacy, establishing nurseries for quality planting material production, soil testing facilitations and operational support for these centres. The operational support will be for one more year to make the centres self-sustainable. The centres will set up biopharmacy, nurseries and other services in all the centres. The services will be linked to Karshika Karma Sena where ever possible.
An amount of Rs.200.00 lakh is set apart for the support of selected Karshika Karma Senas including setting up new karma sena. A performance analysis of all agro service centres and karshika karma sena will be undertaken before providing assistance.
In order to provide accident insurance to registered farmers and members of karshika karmasena and agroservice centres it is proposed to institute a group insurance programme in association with insurance companies with beneficiary contribution. An amount of Rs.100.00 lakh is earmarked for remitting insurance premium.
The apex body for the guidance of agro service centres and karshika karma sena will develop an organizational structure for linking karma sena with agro service centres. Agro machinery service centres will be established at district/ regional level coordinated by the apex body with the support of engineering wing of the department. The ITI trained people engaged at Agro service centres if available will also be used for the repair services. It is envisaged that 15 percent of beneficiaries of the project will be women.