Students of agriculture universities in Maharashtra will soon be able to "earn while you learn" with the government favouring such a stipend scheme for the students to carry out field work.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday told reporters that he has asked agriculture universities in the state to prepare a "earn while you learn" stipend scheme for students to carry out field work. He said that as a part of the plan, students of agriculture colleges would be required to send agro advisories to farmers, collect data and ensure that a proper mechanism was created to disseminate information to farmers at the ground-level."The students will be responsible for sending agro advisories to farmers, data collection and ensuring all the agriculture related schemes and policies reach farmers," Fadnavis said, adding that the need of the hour was to ensure correct advisories to farmers in order to avoid double sowing.'Fadnavis was addressing a review meeting for this year's Kharif season."We need to create a mechanism for information dissemination and proper communication on the ground," he said.Fadnavis also said that the government was ready to make a provision for "earn while you learn" scheme which will work on an app-based mechanism."With this, we can reach out to farmers, have speedy communication, and do various interventions," he said.
The review meeting was attended by cabinet ministers, secretaries of departments, Vice-Chancellors of various agriculture universities, collectors and CEOs of Zilla Parishads among others.