15 July, 2016, Hyderabad
“The Government of India has initiated several steps for the sustainable development of agriculture that will improve agriculture and increase farmers’ income and welfare,” said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, during his address to the trainees of the ICAR 104th Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service (FOCARS-104) at the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad.
He also spoke on the initiatives of the Government of India to improve soil fertility thro’ the ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme, support to organic farming through the ‘Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana,’ improved access to irrigation through the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana,’ enhanced water efficiency through the ‘Per Drop More Crop,’ and the creation of an unified national agriculture market to boost the income of farmers.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh also elaborated on the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana,’ that covers risk to farmers from climatic vagaries. “Use of Information and Communication Technologies plays a greater role not only in knowledge dissemination but also in economic gains. Our farmers now have access to web-based ‘Farmers Portal,’ mobile based ‘mKisan’ SMS portal, ‘Kissan Call Center’ and ‘DD Kisan Channel,’ said the Union Minister. He mentioned about the setting up the ‘National Agriculture Market,’ where ‘Common eMarker Platforms’ would be set up in 585 regulated markets in the country. These digital platforms would enable farmers to sell their produce through e-marketing. He asked the trainees and scientists to contribute by popularizing the technologies in the laboratories in the field so that the farmers are benefitted.
Union Minister also held a meeting at ICAR-NAARM with Officials from the Departments of the Telangana State, Scientists from the institutes of the ICAR in Hyderabad, and Directors and Professors from the State Agricultural Universities in Hyderabad. The discussions deliberated on the support for farmers in the State from the Government of India and the implementation of the policies for farmers welfare.
Dr D. Rama Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM welcomed the gathering.
(Source: ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad)