Food grain output broke all records; goal of doubling farmers’ income on its way: Radha Mohan on #3SaalBemisal
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 22-May-2017

New Delhi, May 22: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said the initiatives taken by his Ministry for welfare of farmers and agriculture sector have started showing positive results.

Addressing media on completion of three years of Narendra Modi government, the Minister said as compared to previous government, Modi government has increased the fund for the agriculture sector. He said foodgrain production during the year 2016-17 have broken all previous records. Singh said the annual growth rate of agriculture and allied sectors have been 4.4 percent this year.

The Agriculture Minister said government is working to double farmers' income by 2022. He said NDA government has succeeded in creating awareness among the farmers about initiatives taken for the development of agriculture sector. He said Ministry is spending more than the budgetary allocation for farmers' welfare.

He said, apart from focusing on distribution of Soil Health Card, extension of irrigation facilities and low cost organic farming, the government also focused on agricultural education, research and extension.

The achievement of the Modi Government in the agriculture sector is as follows:

  • Foodgrain production of the year 2016-17 has broken all previous records. This year, the growth rate in agriculture and allied sector has been approximately 4.4 %.
  • According to 3rd advance estimate for 2016-17, the total foodgrain production is estimated to be 273.38 million tonnes which is 8.67 % higher than that of the year 2015-16.
  • It is also worth mentioning that this production is also 6.37% higher than the average production of last 5 years.
  • For pulses, the production during 2016-17 is expected to be 22.40 million tonnes which will be a record production till date and is higher than that of the year 2015-16 by 37%.
  • As on 16.05.2017, 725 lakh soil health cards have been distributed to the farmers. Testing of samples and printing of cards are under process. Remaining farmers would be provided cards in the next three months.
  • During the year 2011-14, cumulative area under organic farming has increased from 7.23 lakh hectare to 20 lakh hectares during the year 2014-17.
  • So far, 417 regulated market from 13 states have joined the scheme.
  • Till 15.05.2017, trading of 84 lakh tones of agri produce worth Rs 20,000 crores has been done. Till 15.05.2017, 46 lakh farmers, 90,000 traders and 46,411 Commission Agents has been registered on the portal.
  • Milk production was 398.01 million tonnes during the years 2011-14 which increased to 465.5 million tonnes during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 16.9%.
  • Egg production was 210.93 billion during the years 2011-14 which increased to 248.73 billion during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 17.92%.
  • Fish production was 272.88 lakh tonnes during the years 2011-14 which increased to 327.74 lakh tonnes during the year 2014-17. The three year growth rate has been 20.1%.
  • 223 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) were formed during 2011-14, whereas 383 FPOs were formed during 2014-17.
  • During 2007-14, 6.7 lakh Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) were constituted with an assistance of Rs 6,630 crore whereas during just three years of 2014-17, 15.85 lakh JLGs have been constituted with an assistance of Rs. 16,268 crore.
  • Rs. 5.94 crore were spent on bee keeping during 2011-14. Whereas, Rs. 18.14 crore were spent on bee keeping during 2014-17. This is an increase of 205%.
  • States were sanctioned Rs. 33,580 crore from State Disaster Relief Fund during 5 years of UPA government. Whereas, Modi Government has allocated Rs. 61,620 crore for 5 years.
  • During 2011-12 to 2013-14 i.e. 3 years of UPA Government, states were granted Rs. 9,099 crore from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Whereas, during 2014-15 to 2016-17 i.e. 3 years of Modi Government, States have been granted Rs. 29,194 crore from NDRF. Assistance for Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry is under consideration.
  • Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, a record coverage of 8 lakh 40 thousand hectares has been brought under micro irrigation during the year 2016-17.
  • Under the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, six crore farmers have got insurance for the Kharif season during three years of 2011-14. Among them, there were only 77 lakh non-lonee farmers. While in the 3 years between 2014-17, 9 crore 47 lakh farmers were insured for the Kharif season, of which 2 crore 61 lakh are non-lonee farmers. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has increased the number of non-lonee farmers by 238.96%. And in the last three years, the number of non-lonee farmers increased by 128.50% in Rabi Crops compared to the preceding three years.