Krishi Unati Mela-2017 inaugurated
15th March 2017, New Delhi
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated 3-day Krishi Unati Mela being held at ICAR- Indian Institute of Agriculture Research, New Delhi today.
Shri Singh, in his address, said development and upliftment of farmers is the first priority of the government and to achieve it, the government aim is to double the income of farmers by 2022. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has been launched to safeguard the farmers from natural disaster and about 366.64 lakh farmers has been covered in kharif 2016, he added.
Minister said that Ministry has made arrangements for conducting whole sale market through e-platform (e-NAM) in the whole country so that the farmers may sell their products at reasonable price. To overcome the problem of drought, Prime Minister Krishi Sichae Yojna has been launched under which water is being provided to every khet. To encourage agriculture and to strengthen the rural livelihood many scheme of agriculture and farmers welfare have been launched. The main schemes are Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichae Yojana, agriculture mechanization, national agriculture marketing, kisan suvidha mobile app, Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna, Fisheries Developmnent Management, Integrated Agriculture System Model etc.
Shri Singh said that the country is self-sufficient in foodgrains and exporting foodgrains to the other countries. India is number one in milk production in the world. Milk production has increased from 137.61 million tonnes during 2013-14 to 146.31 million tonnes during 2014-15 and during 2015-16 milk production was 155.49 million tonnes. New Scheme “National Bovine Productivity Mission” has been started in November, 2016 with an amount of Rs. 825 crore. A production of 82, 930 million eggs was made during year 2015-16. Seeing the unlimited scope of development in fisheries, the Modi government has called for Blue Revolution in the fisheries sector. For Blue Revolution scheme, central budget of Rs. 3000 crore has been earmarked for the period of five years. The number of Krishi Vigyan Kendra has reached to 665 so that the farmers may adopt from training to agriculture technique. Cabinet has approved Rs 3960 crore for running the Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Agriculture Minister conferred Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar to KVKs which include national award and zonal awards. The National award was awared to Ramkrishna Ashram, Nimpith Dist.- South 24 Parganas, Sundarbans.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR); Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW); Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DADF); Deputy Directors General,ICAR; Director, Indian Institute of Agriculture Research, Scientist and official were present on the occassion.
(Source: PIB Release ID :159246)