Addressing the annual Krishi Unnati Mela at Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Delhi, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops will be at least 1.5 times the production cost so as to boost farmers' incomes and the Centre is working with states to ensure that they get the benefit of the support prices.
The prime minister said that his government's initiatives aimed at creating awareness about latest technological developments in agriculture will double farm income by 2022.
PM Modi even appealed to them to reduce the consumption of urea by at least half by 2022.
The government, he further said, is continuously working to tackle the challenges faced by the agriculture sector in an holistic manner. It is also reforming agri-marketing to enhance farmers income, he added. "Government is working day and night to ensure that farmers get latest seeds, required electricity, do not face any problem in market access and get right prices for their produce," Modi said.
He inaugurated the Jaivik Kheti (organic farming) portal and laid the foundation stone of 25 KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras). He also conferred the Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar.
In this budget we announced GOBAR-Dhan Yojana which stands for Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources, it will help in managing bio-waste being produced in villages, in a big way: PM Modi at #KrishiUnnatiMela2018 in Delhi pic.twitter.com/qmz2TeCcHy— ANI (@ANI) March 17, 2018
More than 800 stalls have been set up by the central and state governments and various other organisations in this fair.
The fair is showcasing ways to enhance farmers' income through theme pavilions like micro irrigation, neem-coated urea, soil check/soil health card, reducing input costs through less use of fertiliser, effectiveness of crop insurance scheme and new dimensions of income generation such as animal husbandry, bee keeping and poultry farming.
- With PTI inputs