Farmers in DK to get unique numbers

All the farmers in Dakshina Kannada district will get an unique identity numbers if the pilot project initiated in five kasaba hoblis of the district found to be successful.

The process is already on to issue unique identification numbers, similar to ‘Aadhaar’ issued by the Unique Identification of Authority of India, to farmers in Karnataka.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Agriculture department Joint Director Kempe Gowda said that the pilot project has been initiated in 175 taluks in the state.

Accordingly, the process of collecting data from farmers have been initiated in five Kasaba hoblis in the district, under Karnataka Krishi Information Service and Networking (K-Kisan) project.

Issue of unique numbers will ensure access to all information of a farmer and his land which is considered vital for the success of the welfare programmes of the government. 

The five ‘kasba hoblis’ are in Mangalore, Bantwal, Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia.

The Joint Director said the data being collected by the  staff of the department included complete address of a farmer, extent of agriculture land holdings, details on crops both agriculture, and horticulture crops and bank account number etc.

He said that the data collected will be fed to software at Raita Samparka Kendras in each hobli. Feeding the data will commence shortly.

Unlike Aadhaar card, no photographs will be collected. Depending on the success of the pilot project, it will be extended to other hoblis in the district, he added.

As the department has limited staff, the collection of data in each hobli will take time. The staff collect information from 30 to 35 farmers in the hobli by visiting their houses daily, he said.

In the pilot project, data of about 50,000 farmers will be collected.

The farmers from other hoblis other than five Kasaba hoblis, can also visit the nearest Raitha Samparka kendras to furnish details in the prescribed format without waiting for the officials.

The Joint Director said that once the unique number is issued to farmers, then he can refer the number to avail subsidy from the department in future.

At present, the farmers will have to get their ‘pahani patra’ to avail the benefit of the scheme. The unique number will be useful for availing government subsidy for the purchase of agriculture equipment, seeds, pesticides and fertilisers.

Subsidy amount is likely to be directly transferred to the bank account.

Data on subsidy availed by each farmer will be recorded under the unique number and its record will be maintained for the future reference.

The unique number also aims at checking the misuse of the benefits from the government.

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