Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that considering its importance, the Government has accorded top priority to the agriculture sector and Finance Ministry announced Rs.62,376 crore fund allocation for the sector in 2017-18. The government’s aim is to increase the productivity and ensure farmers can get the remunerative price of their produce. The Government is also ensuring that along with special focus on dairy, animal husbandry, fishery, the agriculture education, research, and expansion system is further extended. Radha Mohan Singh said that it was our responsibility to make special efforts to improve the agricultural sector so that it provides strong trade opportunities. The Minister was speaking at 2-Day Rabi Conference – 2017-18, organised at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.
Singh said at the Rabi Conference, crop wise target is fixed and arrangement of supplies to different states is decided in consultation with the officials of various state governments. The use of recent technologies and new practices in the agriculture sector is also reviewed. At the conference, strategy for the upcoming Rabi season is discussed, ideas and experiences are exchanged and a roadmap is prepared.
The Minister said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has a dream of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 and to make his dream come true, we have launched several schemes. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Soil Health Card scheme, Neem Coated Urea and e-NAM are some of the major schemes which have been launched to increase production and farmers’ income.
On the occasion, Union Agriculture Minister said that he has written to the State governments to devise a strategy and focus on production to post-production activities while strategising. Singh said that to improve crop production, the Ministry has started the National Food Security Mission (NSFM), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
Radha Mohan Singh said that there is a special emphasis is to increase the production and productivity of oilseed crops. For this, the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP) has been started in 2014-15, which has three Mini Missions (MM) namely – MM on Oilseeds, MM on Oil Palm and MM on tree-borne oilseeds.
Expressing his happiness, Singh said that various schemes of the Ministry have been converted into special missions, schemes, and programmes to achieve of 4 percent targeted annual growth in agriculture and allied sectors.
The agriculture growth in 2013-14 was 4.2% percent which declined to 0.2 percent in 2014-15 and 1.1 percent in 2015-16. Since then, the Government is struggling to put the agriculture sector on the previous growth path. It forced the Centre to fix a target to achieve 4 percent growth in the sector.