New Delhi, July 14: The government is working to strengthen market systems to reduce post-harvest losses and to enable farmers to get better returns, stated Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and asserted “Our farmer welfare centric programs and policies are related to food security and price security”.
Addressing the conference organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) in New Delhi the Minister said that our aim is to bring markets closer to farmers along with storage and grading facilities so that they can make larger gains.
Singh further added that only through the cross-pollination of expertise and innovations and thereafter synergy conceived during the implementation of the programs, we would be able to achieve the goal set for the country by Prime Minister of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
The Minister also maintained that they have provided 9 million farmers with soil health cards whereas 100% farmers from 16 States had been provided with soil health cards. Use of unlimited fertiliser in the green revolution has affected the soil fertility and due to organic farming, sustainable productivity always increases.
There has been a record production of food grains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken, noted Singh. As per the Third Advance Estimates, food production increased to 273 million metric tonnes, oilseeds to 32.5 million metric tonnes and sugarcane 306 million metric tonnes in 2016-17, he added.
As per the Second Advance Estimates, the production of fruits and vegetables has increased to 287 million metric tonnes. The Government is sensitive to the need to strengthen the market dynamics and working in this direction.
The FICCI had organised the National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to Double the Farmers Income where states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Goa, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh participated.