(GIST OF YOJANA) Government Committed to Agrarian Reforms
Government Committed to Agrarian Reforms
The agriculture and food security of the nation will continue to be
sustainable in the coming years and we will be successful in doubling farmers’
income in the stipulated time frame. Addressing the National Kharif Conference
2018 in New Delhi recently, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ We
fare Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that India is not on] self-dependent but also
an exporter of many agricultural products.
The aim of the government is to make agriculture policy and programs
‘income-oriented’ rather than ‘production-oriented’. To achieve this ambitious
objective, the government is encouraging the adoption of ‘multidimensional
seven-point’ strategy suggested by the Prime Minister, which includes-
- Emphasis on irrigation along with end to end solution on creation of
resources for ‘More crop per drop’.
- Provision of quality seeds and nutrients according to the soil quality
of each farm.
- Large investments in warehouses and cold chains to prevent Post-harvest
- Promotion of value addition through food processing.
- Implementation of National Agricultural Markets and e-platforms (e-NAM)
to eliminate shortcomings of all the 585 centers.
- To mitigate the risk, introduction of crop insurance scheme at a lower
- Promotion of allied activities such as Dairy-Animal husbandry, poultry,
Bee-keeping, Har Medh Per Ped, Horticulture, and Fisheries.
The Minister informed that National Bamboo Mission has been announced in
budget 2018-19 for the overall development of bamboo as a supplement of
agricultural income. This would help increase the income of farmers. For the
development of dairy and Fisheries, programs like National Dairy Plan-l (NDP-l),
National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) and Dairy Entrepreneurship
Development Scheme (DEDS) and Blue Revolution are being implemented and farmers
are taking advantage of it.
The Minister further said that the main goal of the government is not only to
identify potential areas of agriculture where more investment needs to be made
but also to enhance income by diversification into horticulture and animal
husbandry and Fisheries and suggest ways to reduce risks. In order to achieve
the goal of doubling farmers’ income, the Agriculture Ministry has been
continuously working to reduce the com of fanning; increase production through
better productivity; ensuring profitable returns and risk management given the
uncertainty of weather.
To ensure better productivity, schemes such as National Food Security
Mission, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National
Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm, Rashtriya Gokul Mission, National Livestock
Mission, Blue Revolution etc. are being run. Similarly, to reduce the cost of
farming, Soil Health Card, use of neem-coated urea and more crop per drop etc
are being implemented successfully. For a profitable income source, e-NAM, cold
storage, storage facility at concessional rate of interest, post-harvest credit
facility, increase in base MSP etc are being emphasized. For adoption of risk
management and sustainable practices, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY),
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and organic farming mission for north
east are being implemented.