PM launches DD Kisan channel

26 May 2015
PM launches DD Kisan channel
  • Prime Minister Modi flagged DD Kisan, a television channel for farmers which is aimed to "provide information about best agricultural practices and related content".
  • Modi said at the launch that it was important to make the farming sector "vibrant and dynamic".
  • He further said that the channel would inform farmers about the fluctuation in weather as well as the global markets.

DD Kisan ropes in Amitabh Bachchan

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Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan became the face of the newly launched DD Kisan channel.

Farmers to get crop insurance soon

16 Jun 2015
Farmers to get crop insurance soon
  • The Centre is gearing up to provide agriculture insurance scheme for farmers called 'Agriculture Income Insurance Scheme'.
  • This scheme would ensure minimum returns to farmers if the crops fail.
  • Radha Mohan Singh, Union agriculture minister said that the government would be making allocations to release funds for providing "₹50,000 per hectare under newly floated "Traditional Agriculture Development Scheme."

Maharashtra- the first to provide crop insurance

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The state of Maharashtra has already doled out a crop insurance for home-grown crops, thus becoming the first state to provide crop insurance for farmers.

Government launches 3 portals for farmers

15 Jul 2015
Government launches 3 portals for farmers
  • The centre released three new websites for farmers to provide easier access to "organic farming certification, fertiliser quality checks and disbursal of soil health cards".
  • The three portals were 'Participatory Guarantee System', 'Soil Health Card' and 'Fertiliser Quality Control System'
  • According to Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister "The three agricultural portals will bring transparency and accountability and help the farming community."

Bachchan in soup: Did he charge ₹6 crore?

25 Jul 2015
Bachchan in soup: Did he charge ₹6 crore?
  • After it was disclosed that Amitabh Bachchan was signed on to endorse DD Kisan channel for a fee of ₹6 crore, the news was severely criticised by Congress who thought this was wastage of public money.
  • However, Bachchan denied taking any money saying that he had done it 'pro bono'.
  • Following this, a probe was launched by I&B ministry into the matter.

DD Kisan 'Rath' reaches Maharashtra

4 Oct 2015
DD Kisan 'Rath' reaches Maharashtra
  • Nitin Gadkari, the Union shipping and transport minister flagged off the Doordarshan Kisan Rath Yatra in Maharashtra.
  • The yatra will travel across the state to instruct farmers.
  • It is an extension of DD Kisan, a distinctive channel launched for farmers.
  • The rath yatra is aimed to spread the word about the channel which is expected to bring a farming revolution.

Programme Kisan launched by government

5 Oct 2015
Programme Kisan launched by government
  • The centre launched the pilot programme Kisan, which will utilise "satellite and drone-based imaging" and other geospatial technology to get up-to-date and specific data on crop produce.
  • This programme will fasten the payment of crop insurance claims to the farmers.
  • The centre also launched an android-based application for the accumulation of data of hailstorm to check the large-scale destruction to standing crops.