to maintain fertility of the land for sustainable agriculture development: Shri
is self-sufficient in foodgrains and exporting foodgrains to the other
countries: Union Agriculture Minister
Radha Mohan Singh inaugurates three days Krishi Unati Mela-2017
The Union Minister for
Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that
development and upliftment of farmers is the first priority of the government
and to achieve it, the government aim is to double the income of farmers by
2022. Shri Singh said this on the inauguration of 3 days Krishi Unati Mela
being held in Indian Institute of Agriculture Research today. On this
occasion, Secretary, Department of Agricultural
Research and Education (DARE) and Director
General, ICAR, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agriculture,
Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW),
Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry,
Dairying & Fisheries (DADF), Deputy
Director General, Director, Indian Institute of Agriculture Research, Scientist
and official were present. Information will be given of crops and new species
of cattle, special schemes and programmes prepared keeping in view of the
protection, empowerment and their progress in the mela.
Shri Singh said on this
occasion that it is essential to maintain fertility of the land for sustainable
agriculture development. Hon’ble Prime Minister launched soil health card in
Feb., 2015 itself and till now 460 soil testing laboratory has been sanctioned.
The government has made it mandatory the production of neemcoated urea in May
2015. Further the cost of DAP and MOP has been reduced. Pradhan Mantri Fasal
Bima Yojana has been launched to safeguard the farmers from natural disaster
like drought, flood etc. It includes cereals, oilseeds and commercial,
horticulture crops. About 366.64 lakh farmers has been covered in kharif 2016.
Union Agriculture &
Farmers Welfare Minister said that Ministry has made
arrangements for conducting whole sale market through e-platform (e-NAM) in the
whole country so that the farmers may sell their products at reasonable price.
To overcome the problem of drought, Prime Minister Krishi Sichae Yojna has been
launched under which water is being provided to every khet. To encourage
agriculture and to strengthen the rural livelihood many scheme of agriculture
and farmers welfare have been launched. The main schemes are Pradhan Mantri
Krishi Sichae Yojana, agriculture mechanization, national agriculture
marketing, kisan suvidha mobile app, Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna, Fisheries
Developmnent Management, Integrated Agriculture System Model etc.
Shri Singh said that
the country is self-sufficient in foodgrains and exporting foodgrains to the
other countries. India is number one in milk
production in the world. Milk production has increased from 137.61 million
tonnes during 2013-14 to 146.31 million tonnes during 2014-15 and during
2015-16 milk production was 155.49 million tonnes. New Scheme “National Bovine Productivity Mission” has been
started in November, 2016 with an amount of Rs. 825 crore.
A production of 82, 930 million eggs was made during year 2015-16. Seeing the
unlimited scope of development in fisheries, the Modi government has called for
Blue Revolution in the fisheries sector. For Blue Revolution scheme, central
budget of Rs. 3000 crore has been earmarked for the period of five years. The
number of Krishi Vigyan Kendra has reached to 665 so that the farmers may adopt
from training to agriculture technique. Cabinet has approved Rs 3960 crore for
running the Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narnedra Modi
has given special emphasis on lab to land, water, soil productivity, food
processing. Prominent among them are Farmer First, Arya, Student Ready Mera
Gaon, Mera Gaurav.
On this occasion the
regional level Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan
Puraskar were distributed. Ramkrishna Ashram, Nimpith Dist.- South 24 Parganas, Sundarbans won the National Award at the event.
The winners at the
regional level were Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) Dhanori - Roorkee; KVK Badgaon,
Vidya Bhawan, Udaipur; KVK Saharanpu; Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra run by
Ramakrishna Mission Aashram, Morabadi, Ranchi; KVK, Mayurbhanj, Shamkhunta,
Odisha; KVK Teok run by Assam Agricultural University Jorhat, CU; College of
Horticulture & Forestry, Imphal; KVK run by College of Horticulture &
Forestry, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh; KVK Baramati, Malegaon, Maharashtra;
KVK Uttar Bastar, Kanker at KVK, IGKV, Raipur; KVK Virinjipuram, Vellore,
(Tamil Nadu) run by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Coimbatore and KVK
Malappuram (Kerala) run by Kerala University.