Since the time it took over, the Modi government has made it clear that agriculture will be promoted in a major way!
Speaking to media on December, 30 at New Delhi, the union agriculture minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh emphasized that government has put the increase in crop production and productivity on top priority.
He further mentioned that the govrrnment has a clear perception about holistic and sustainable agriculture. The minister also highlighted last six months achievements to make farmer oriented policy.
Rs 886 crore for the National E - governance scheme in agri sector. Technical support to farmers has been a problem area and hence to tackle it, the ministry has set up 913 farm machinery banks. Farmers can take equipment on hire basis from these banks. An amount of Rs 1,345 crore has been allocated for equipment in 2014 - 15 as compared with Rs 1,213 in 2013 - 14. Mr Singh revealed that there has been increase of subsidy amount to Rs 300 per hectare from Rs 100 per hectare.
The Agriculture minister hopes that the new initiatives will lead to increased agricultural contribution in country's overall GDP. The minister also highlighted last six months achievements to make farmer oriented policy. The Government have established a special fund of Rs 500 crore as an important initiative. With the setting up of this Price Stabilization Fund, farmers will be able to get fair price of their products. We have called upon the State Governments to amend the APMC Act so that farmers may sell their fruits and vegetables direct to consumers. So far, 12 States have agreed to our suggestion. States have been requested to set up Kisan Mandis and a kisan mandi is being established in Delhi. The entire country being connected through e-marketing under Agri Tech Infrastructure Fund.
The Government have given in-principle approval to a scheme of traditional agricultural development. The Prime Minister's Krishi Sichai Yojana is under finalization. We also have a plan to make comprehensive amendments in the Cooperative Act and make available a 24-Hour exclusive TV Channel for farmers. We have also targeted to cover at least one family out of three families under Kisan Call Center.