Government Works Towards Doubling Income of Farmers

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his public that his government's plan is to double the farmers' income in the next five years. This announcement was made in the Budget 2016-17.

Apart from that government is also trying to remove debt problems of the farmers. For the same government has increased Agricultural Credit target to Rs. 9 lakh crore for the year 2016-17.

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This is being done to ensure that all farmers are with institutional fold. Also the Government is taking long term measures to remove the problems of the farmers.

While addressing two days Kharif Conference, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that in spite of a severe loss of the crops owing to unseasonal rainfall, hailstorm and other natural calamities, the whole food grain production has increased.

The minister also informed all that there is increased availability of seeds in north east states and that the states of West Bengal, and Jharkhand have made land available for the establishment of production centres of seeds.

Prime Minister has suggested following seven points to ensure that farmers' income doubles in the next five years.

Increase production:

The government has increased budgetary provision in irrigation sector. The government aims to get 'more crop per drop'. Government focuses its policy on water preservation and irrigation.

Government is also working hard to increase the production of other crops along with paddy and oilseeds.

More income less input:

The government is trying to educate the farmers that they can get more productivity from the seeds when the soil is full of nutrients.

With this regards soil health card scheme is of great help. Government is providing useful information to the farmers so that farmers can invest less and get more.

Along with this it is taken care of that the cost of farming is regularised and productivity of the crops is maintained. Government had also decided last year to produce only neem coated urea so that plants get nutrients easily.

Along with this Rs. 20,000 per acre is being provided to the farmers to encourage them to adopt organic farming.

Reduce farmers' marketing expenditure:

A national agriculture market is being set up for electronic trading. In this programme, 585 agriculture mandis of India will be connected to each other. The farmers will get maximum price of their crops and the interference of mediators will be reduced to a greater extent.

Direct foreign investment is also being encouraged in this field.

Agriculture risk security:

Under Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, the farmers will be benefited on account of natural calamities like storms, earthquake and cyclone etc.

Reduce post-production losses:

The government of India has promoted region based strategy according to the climatic diversity of every state and region by implementing unified Horticulture Development Mission so as to develop horticulture sector as a whole.

Under this mission, the government aims to promote technical setup, extension of area under horticulture crops, post-harvest management, processing and marketing etc. India ranks second on global scenario in horticultural crops after China.

Value addition:

Government is promoting processed food industry so as to make value addition in agricultural products.

Not only this, but government is also chalking out its programme through different schemes to increase the production of fruits and vegetables and its processing with assistance of Ministry of Food Processing Industry.

The government aims to increase it to 25% by 2025 in comparison of 10% in existing scenario.

Auxiliary Activities:

This task will be executed partly through livestock, dairy, poultry, beekeeping, agriculture ponds and fisheries.

Simultaneously, the efforts are being made to increase the income of farmers by planting trees in fields and installing solar panels there.

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