Chandigarh, March 19: The Centre has initiated steps to implement the project of interlinking rivers in the country to make irrigation facilities available to unirrigated areas. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said this while inaugurating a three days Agri-Leadership Summit at Surajkund near Faridabad yesterday. He said, a 20,000 crore rupee fund has been created under NABARD to improve irrigation facilities and the Centre has set a target of bringing more than 76 lakh hectares of land under irrigation by 2019.
Union Minister of Home Affairs said that the Centre has already initiated steps under the leadership to implement the ambitious project of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. While inaugurating the Summit he said that farmers' income will double by 2022 while terming agriculture as a sunrise sector of the 21st century with ample growth potential.
The Union minister also urged the farmers to ensure their role in branding, processing and marketing of their produce so as to become agri-leaders in real sense. Allaying fears that prospects of agriculture are bleak, the minister maintained that on the contrary, farmers have a bright future. He also spoke of the challenges faced by farmers with regard to high input costs and a fair price for their produce.
"Our Prime Minister has already spelt out the vision of doubling farmers' income by 2022 and we will convert that vision into reality," Singh said while addressing a summit on agriculture organised by the Haryana government here.
Dispelling the notion that agriculture has no potential and Indian farmers have no future, Singh said "People like me and many more believe that neither the potential for growth in agriculture has ended nor the future of farmers is bleak."
He corroborated his stand by saying a lot of people around the world have started believing that farming is the only sunrise sector of the country in the 21st century, thanks to the way technology is deployed to increase output.