Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday said the Union government had chalked out a concrete plan to reduce the input cost in agriculture and provide farmers better returns for their produce.
“We have resolved to double the income of farmers in next over 5 years. The government is giving priority to the enterprises linked to agricultural sector so as to achieve this target,” the Minister said at a press conference here.
Soil health cards
“We are taking a number of initiatives to minimise the cost of agricultural production...With this goal in mind, 14 crore farmers in the country are being given soil health cards.” The government, he said, had launched the ‘Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana’ to promote organic farming.
“Neem-coated urea, improved varieties of seeds and planting material, and schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana have been introduced and farmers are also being provided agricultural loans on concessional rate.”
Mr. Singh said norms related to disaster relief been altered to help farmers affected by natural calamities.
“The discrepancies existing in crop insurance schemes have been removed and a new scheme called Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana has been launched...The concept of ‘one nation and one mandi [market]’, , which was a long pending marketing reform, has been taken ahead.”
‘Great strides made’
A new National AgroForestry scheme had been initiated for planting trees over meadows, the Minister said, adding that the dairy and fisheries sectors had made greater strides in terms of growth and development in the last two years.
Source : The Hindu