In Modi 02, a new style of functioning of the NDA govt is being seen. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have impressed on his ministerial colleagues to serve people by going out to them in states than staying in the coziness of North Block.
While Finance Minister tweeted that she is on her way to meet wealth creators and IT men to resolve issues, Agriculture Minister met farmers of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh on Monday. In this series the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture led by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar held State specific discussions with them.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister added that this series of discussions with Farmers that started with Rajasthan in July should continue with every other state as this initiative will definitely help in the prosperity of the farming community.
Urging farmers of the country to be a progressive Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that farmers should adopt new technologies and advancements in the field and must have frequent engagements with scientists and local Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The two day ‘Brainstorming Session on Technological Innovations and Strategies for Farmers’ Prosperity in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh’ was inaugurated by Tomar in the presence of the Ministers of State Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary in New Delhi on Monday.
Tomar emphasized that ‘Gaon, Garib, Kisan’ is always at the centre of Prime Minister’s thoughts and actions and all these initiatives are aimed at fulfilling the vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
Minister said that the thought of farming as just growing grains should be changed to adoption of integrated farming wherein fisheries, poultry, animal husbandry and bee keeping etc. become part of farming. If every farmer starts doing this, the GDP share of agriculture shall increase.
Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, (DAC&FW) Ministry of Agriculture said that it is for the first time that Central Government is holding State specific discussions and that too directly with the farmers. The Secretary also said that the banking formalities have now been reduced and farmers can easily open accounts. Asking farmers to join for the new Farmers Pension scheme- PM Maan Dhan Yojana, the Secretary said that those farmers who have already registered for PM Kisan scheme will now start getting all information on their registered mobile phones.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) stressed on the adoption of the newer and advanced technologies that will help in achieving the targeted goal of doubling the farmers’ income by the Year – 2022. Outlining few issues in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Dr. Mohapatra said that discussions shall be on how proper value for product can be ensured, market intervention through FPOs, role of Scientists & Institutes and how crop diversification can be made possible in these States.
The Minister also launched diagnostic kits, vaccines developed by different ICAR institutes and 8 ICAR mobile Apps during the occasion. More than 300 farmers from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, students, entrepreneurs, Vice Chancellors, Institute Directors are attending the two day brainstorming session.