farmers (Farmers) may soon get rid of buying pesticides at expensive rates. For this, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar (Narendra Singh Tomar) has started the exercise. He has said that he will raise the demand of reducing the GST on pesticides from 18 percent to 5 percent with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In fact, the agro-chemical industry has demanded to reduce the 18 percent GST on pesticides. Farmers spray insecticides to protect their crops from diseases and pests. Due to 18% GST, they have to pay a higher price.
On the demand of the industry to reduce the GST on pesticides, Tomar said that the matter related to this subject is being considered by the GST Council. He said that I will meet the Finance Minister and inform him about your demand. Tomar said that he would take up the issue with the Finance Ministry on behalf of the industry but the final decision would be taken by the GST Council. The minister was responding to the demand of RG Agarwal, chairman of FICCI Crop Protection Committee. He had demanded reduction of GST on pesticides from 18 per cent to five per cent like fertilizers. This will reduce costs and encourage the use of crop-protection chemicals.
‘Farmers should grow horticulture and expensive crops’
The minister emphasized the need for crop diversification and said that farmers should grow more horticultural and costly crops. Tomar also emphasized on making agriculture profitable by increasing production and crop productivity. Apart from this, along with reducing the cost of farming, there is also a need to reduce post-harvest losses. The minister said that the Center, along with the states, is trying to make available new technologies to the farmers.
He also said that the government is in the process of setting up 10,000 FPOs (Farmer Producer Organizations) to improve the income of the farming community. The Minister said that the country is self-sufficient in food grains production, while the government is making efforts to promote oilseeds and pulses production in mission mode.
Talking about fertilizers and pesticides, Tomar said that there is a need to promote balanced use of these crop protection products. He agreed that there is no improper use of fertilizers and pesticides in India, but asked the pesticide industry to work on alternative products, as farmers are taking interest in organic and natural farming as well. Agriculture Minister Tomar said that the government and industry should work together to create awareness about the benefits of agro-chemicals to small and marginal farmers. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) are working in this direction, but concerted efforts are needed.
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