New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates his pledge to double farmers’ income by 2022 at an agro conference in Delhi; says govt is focusing on 4 different levels to ensure the betterment of farmers; highlights success of irrigation and crop insurance schemes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the government’s commitment to doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022 at the National Conference on Agriculture on Tuesday.
The focus of government policy is to reduce the agri-costs while tapping the potential existing of irrigation system using latest technologies.
Addressing the gathering in New Delhi, Prime Minister reiterated the commitment of his government in this regard. He said that the government is working at four different levels to fulfill the promise made to the farmers of the country.
The Prime Minister said that coating Urea with Neem has helped in enhancing the efficiency of fertiliser and boosting productivity and also led to cost saving.
Talking about irrigation system in the country prime minister said that the focus is on expanding micro irrigation while strengthening the existing network. He said as many as 99 irrigation schemes that had been stuck for 2-3 decades will be completed within a specified time-frame and 80,000 crore rupees has been allocated for the same.
Talking about cooperative federalism, Prime Minister said that the welfare of farmers will be done only when the Centre and state will work together to achieve the pre-set target.
The Prime Minister said 22,000 rural markets would be upgraded so as to provide a market for farm produce within 5-15 km distance of production points. The government, he said, is also encouraging Farmer Producer Organisation, the provision for agri-credit has been raised to 11 lakh crore rupees from 8 lakh crore rupees.
He said promoting use of solar energy, converting agriculture waste into wealth and economical use of crop residue will also help in doubling of farmers’ income by 2022. He mentioned that the government has also approved blending of up to 10 per cent sugarcane-extracted ethanol in petrol. He added that as much as 11,000-crore claims have been settled under the crop insurance scheme, which is double of the previous amount.