‘Emphasis on the cultivation of these crops to increase the income of farmers and achieve self-sufficiency in edible oil’

The Narendra Modi government at the Center is constantly trying to increase the income of the farmers. For this, work is being done on various schemes ranging from changes in the methods of agriculture and selection of the right crops. There is talk of reducing the cultivation of traditional crops and emphasis on the cultivation of demand-based and cash crops. Meanwhile, a senior official of the Ministry of Agriculture has described the cultivation of certain crops as helpful in increasing the income of farmers and for achieving self-sufficiency in edible oil. He said that the cultivation of maize, mustard and moong should be promoted to increase the income of the farmers and achieve self-sufficiency in edible oils. Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Agriculture Commissioner of the Central Government AK Singh also stressed on the adoption of drone-like technologies in the agriculture sector.

According to a statement, AK Singh said in this discussion, ‘Crop diversification should be promoted in a big way instead of focusing on wheat and rice. The cultivation of maize, moong and sarson (mustard) starting with three ‘M’ letters of English should be promoted. It can help in making the country self-reliant and can also increase the income of farmers. The area under mustard has been increasing continuously since last few years. The reason behind this is that the farmers have got a much higher rate than the minimum support price in the open market. The government is hopeful that if the trend of farmers towards mustard cultivation continues in the same way, then it will help in reducing the import of oil.

India imports 60% edible oil

India imports about 60 per cent of its domestic edible oil requirements. Pulses are also imported in small quantities. AK Singh also stressed on the need to adopt modern technology and called upon the agricultural research institutes to develop a protocol for the use of drones at the earliest.

“We also need a contingency plan for different crops in advance so that farmers can adopt it,” he said. Many eminent agricultural scientists from 33 Krishi Vidyalaya Kendras (KVKs) as well as scientists from ICAR participated in this consultation meeting. It also saw the participation of policy makers, industry leaders and farmers.

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