The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Krishi Unnati Mela in Delhi on Wednesday and said uplifting farmers is the first priority of the government and to achieve it, the government aim is to double the income of farmers by 2022.
Listing the achievements of the govt Singh said ever since the Prime Minister launched soil health card in 2015 the number of soil testing labs have been increasing and it counts 460 as of now in the country. The government has made it mandatory the production of neem-coated urea in May 2015. Further the cost of DAP and MOP has been reduced, Singh underlined.
He also mentioned the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana as well as that of whole sale market through e-platform (e-NAM). He also touched upon 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.
Patting himself on the back Singh said the country is exporting food-grains and ranks number one in milk production in the world. He also mentioned growth in egg-production and Blue Revolution in the fisheries sector.
“The number of Krishi Vigyan Kendra has reached to 665 and the Cabinet has approved Rs 3960 crore for running them. 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” Minister underlined.