Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh chaired a Inter-Session meeting of the Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare on Thursday and said that the Government has launched a number of schemes and programs to Double Farmers’ Income.
It bears recall that the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation, and Farmers Welfare has also constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of CEO, NRAA with members from all related departments and NITI Aayog to examine issues relating to doubling of farmers’ income by the year 2022. As of now, six meetings of the Committee have been held.
Those present in the meeting included MPs Chintaman Navsha Wanaga, Rodmal Nagar, Manshankar Ninama, M.B. Rajesh, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Sanjay Haribhau Jadhav, Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, K. R. Arjunan and Kiranmay Nanda.
Minister said RKVY guidelines are being changed to include entrepreneur development. DAC&FW has prepared a roadmap for production of pulses to the tune of 24 million tonnes by 2017-18. A dedicated micro-irrigation fund with an initial corpus of Rs.5000 crore has been set up by NABARD to achieve “Per Dop More Crop”.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Soil Health Card, Neem-Coated Urea and e-NAM Schemes are few of our flagship programs that aim to improve the productivity and earnings of farmers.
Some other topics discussed included-Creation of a National Farm Market, removing distortions and e-platform across 585 Stations, Introduction of a New Crop Insurance Scheme to mitigate risks at an affordable cost, Promotion of ancillary activities like poultry, beekeeping, and fisheries.