New Delhi, February 3: Agriculture Growth Rate of 4.1% shows that the government is working seriously for the betterment of the farmers and farming said Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on yesterday. Singh said that this time it has become very clear again that the Central Government is working for the villages, the poor and farmers.Union Minister further added that agriculture growth rate has increased from 2% to 4.1% and it shows that the government is working seriously for the betterment of the farmers and farming. The commitment of the Government to double the income of the farmer in 5 years has been underscored in this budget.
Singh said that this budget manifests government’s commitment to double the farmer’s income in a span of 5 years. Apart from this, provisions have been made to continue erstwhile schemes. Goals of White and Blue Revolution have been reiterated in this budget. Ambitious schemes have been chalked out to promote the agriculture sector in this budget. For instance, a sum of Rs. 9000 crores have been provided for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana resulting in the enhancement of crop security coverage to the farmers.
He said that this budget has provided security coverage to agriculture sector as well as farmers. The government has made up its mind to dig one million pounds. This is a praiseworthy step. By providing irrigation and fisheries facilities through these ponds, the farmers will be helped to double their incomes. In the previous year, 5 lakh ponds have been built. Besides, this budget aims to provide 100 employment days to the farmers through MNREGA which is also praiseworthy step. To promote “per drop more crop”, those areas will also be provided water for irrigation which was earlier deprived of this facility through long-term irrigation fund.
Singh informed that budgetary provision of Rs. 45,250 crore for the year 2016-17 was made for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare which has now been increased by 15.31% to Rs. 51,026 crore for the year 2017-18.