Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar On Wednesday, he emphasized on improving the lives of small farmers and said that the government is making efforts to increase their income. Tomar has FICCI Addressing the Sustainable Agriculture Conference and Award Program, he said that India is primarily an agricultural country, it is the duty of the government and the people to strengthen the agriculture sector to ensure food security.
The minister said that the government has taken a holistic approach on the agriculture sector in the last eight years and has taken several measures to boost the productivity and production of agricultural crops. He said that the government is also making efforts to reduce the cost of cultivation and increase the income of the farmers. Tomar told that 86 percent of the total farmers are small and marginal farmers. He said that there is a need to improve their conditions.
New schemes with huge central outlay have been launched for animal husbandry sector
The minister said that to increase the income of small farmers, the government is setting up 10,000 farmer producer organizations (FPOs) and has also announced an infrastructure fund of Rs one lakh crore. Along with this, new schemes with huge central outlay have been started for the animal husbandry sector. The minister said that the government is also focusing on introducing new technologies in the agriculture sector. The ministry has already issued the standard operating procedure for the use of drone technology in the agriculture sector.
The government is also trying to promote organic and natural farming so that the use of chemicals in the agriculture sector is reduced. Tomar said that due to the reforms done by the government during the last eight years to make Indian agriculture profitable, youth are now getting attracted towards agriculture.
The interest of farmers should be paramount at the center
At the same time, news came out yesterday that the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has prepared Horticulture Cluster Development Program (CDP). For its proper implementation, a meeting was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. On this occasion, Union Minister Tomar had told the concerned officials that the first goal of the government is to promote the agriculture sector in the country and to provide reasonable prices to the farmers for their produce. That’s why the interest of the farmers should be paramount in the center of any scheme.
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