Agriculture is the backbone of India’s economy and the Center is prioritizing the sector, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said while addressing “the impact on agriculture and farmers due to the pandemic” virtually during the 12th annual convention of Odisha Television Limited. , ‘Foresight 2022 Friday.
“Whenever the country’s economy is in danger, the agricultural sector has always picked it up. It was the same in the time of Covid. Our farmers have worked very hard during the lockdown period. The Union government has also increased the number of supply centers and our farmers have harvested a bumper crop,” Tomar said.
“Our farmers have the capacity to intervene in any type of difficult situation. We are committed to the upliftment of farmers in the country. Thanks to their hard work, India is now among the top 10 countries in the world that export agricultural products. We need to grow further and be among the top five countries we have to focus on quality production,” the minister said.
According to Tomar, farmers need help for better production and 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) are in sight for which Rs 6,865 crore will be invested.
“Work in this direction has already started and farmers will reap the benefits very soon. The center also focuses on using modern technology, including drone technology, to help farmers. Infrastructure funding of Rs one lakh crore has been allocated to the sector under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat scheme. Similarly, Rs 15,000 crore, Rs 20,000 crore, Rs 500 crore, Rs 4,000 crore have been allocated to the livestock, bee farming, fishing, food processing and agriculture sectors respectively. herbalism. Additionally, Rs 1.5 lakh crore has been allocated for allied agricultural activities,” Tomar said.
According to the minister, the Union government is fully committed to doubling farmers’ incomes and they must use infrastructure and technology properly to succeed.
“Use of technology, Indian government programs and implementation by state governments will be the key factors in doubling farmers’ incomes,” Tomar said.
“The challenge ahead of us is to reduce the cost of investment for farmers. We also need to make sure they use the right technology and get the right price for their products. We need to attract young people to the sector,” he said.
The Minister also insisted on the use of natural agriculture using less chemical fertilizers to maintain the balance and fertility of the soil.