Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh while addressing a press conference in New Delhi said that for the first there is a budget which is dedicated to villages, the poor and farmers. A new dimension has been initiated in agricultural sector for the progress and welfare of farmers. This time a tremendous enhancement has been made in the budget related to agriculture and irrigation. No one had witnessed such a change earlier. Therefore, this budget will change the scenario of the country’s villages, the poor and farmers and pave their way towards substantial development.
The Minister said that the country has witnessed the series of droughts in various parts of the country. Keeping these circumstances in mind, it was the need of time to be focused on agriculture and villages and it is must for formidable rural economy of the country. This will result in the enhancement of employment opportunities in rural India but it will also increase farmers’ income. An enhancement has been seen in budget allocation keeping in view villages, farmers and agricultural development.
A sum of Rs. 35,984 crore rupees has been allocated for Ministry of Agriculture And Farmers Welfare. The Government aims to make the farmers income as double in five years. We also aim at to multiply yield per unit, a better return of the products related to farmers. We are also committed for livestock, dairy, fisheries, agriculture allocation, research and agricultural extension.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana is to be implemented in mission mode. 28.5 lakh hectare area will be brought under irrigation for which a sum of Rs. 5,717 crore has been earmarked for the year 2016-17. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has obtained Rs. 2,340 crore in place of Rs 1,550 crore as compared to the year 2015-2016 and it is an enhancement of 51 per cent. Besides, this year through NABARD, it has been decided to create a fund of Rs 20,000 crore for irrigation and expeditious implementation will be encertained for 89 irrigation projects lying incomplete for a long period under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP). It will facilitate to irrigate an area of 80.6 lakh hectare. For this purpose a sum of Rs. 86,500 crore will be required in the forthcoming five years. Out of them, during the year 2016-17, a sum of Rs 12,517 crore will be incurred by Ministry Of Water Resources to operate 23 schemes. Along with, under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in rainfed areas 5 lakh farm ponds and wells also will be arranged.