Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said that time has come to increase present contribution of agriculture in National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and it is only possible when holistic development takes place in agriculture and allied sectors.
Addressing the valedictory ceremony Maha Krishi Pradarshini, 2016 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra on Tuesday, Singh said that 50 percent of total task force is engaged in agriculture but the contribution of agriculture in national GDP is only 18 percent.
“Since the contribution of this task force is less in GDP, they get less income than the workers engaged in industries and service sectors and this is the main cause of poverty,” he added.
The four-day Krishi Pradarshini was organized by Maratwada Sheti Sahay Mandal (MSSM) in collaboration with Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Mumbai and Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra. More than 150 agricultural companies displayed their products at the exhibition. Various schemes of Government of India and Government of Maharashtra were also showcased. Simultaneously, conferences and seminars were organized on the issues pertaining to Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Farm Mechanization, Water and Soil Management and Cotton and Pulses.
On the occasion, the Minister said that for solving the present challenges in agriculture, sustainable improvement is necessary in agricultural techniques so that sustainable increase may be obtained in agricultural productivity. Singh said, “We have to keep this in mind that the success of farming in coming times will depend on the effective use of available resources.”
The Minister also said that the availability of land is constantly decreasing and there is serious water crisis across the world. “To prevent soil erosion, land and water bodies from destruction, it is necessary to maintain soil health and quality of water. The Government through agriculture fairs, agricultural exhibitions is promoting the use of modern science in agriculture,” he added.
The Minister informed that in Maharashtra, ICAR has established 10 research institutes and 44 Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The Government also launched Pandit Deen Dayal Upadyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana under Unnat Bharat Abiyaan for creating talent of Indian youth and holistic development of agriculture in rural India at Kenari Math, Kohlapur on Tuesday. The scheme is being implemented by Agriculture Education Division of ICAR. The aim of this scheme is to create efficient human resources at rural level according to the national necessity for organic farming and sustainable farming and to extend the other activities of Unnat Bharat Abiyan at village level through established centres.
The Government has, so far, launched many schemes for the betterment of farmers. Prominent among them are: Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Rashtriya Krishi Baazar (e-NAM) and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.