Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked the states to create necessary infrastructure for doubling farmer’s income by 2022 when India complete 75 years of its independence.
While interacting with the farmers of outer Delhi area at Vice President House in New Delhi, Venakaiah Naidu expressed concerns over the distress in the farming sector inherited over the years.
Lok Sabha member Parvesh Verma was also present during the interaction of Vice President with the farmers of the area.
Highlighting the problems and uncertainty faced by Indian farmers who have been historically dependent the vagaries of the weather and monsoon for their crops, Vice President said: “A doctor wants his son to become a doctor, a lawyer’s son becomes a lawyer, an actor wants his son to become an actor despite not being fully qualified, but a farmer prays for his son becoming at least a Class-IV employee.”
Talking about the reasons behind the reluctance of farmers to keep their sons attached to farming activity Naidu said it was because of the uncertainty of farm incomes even as farming was very demanding physically.
He said the only way to address this issue was to ensure remunerative and assured incomes to farmers through necessary interventions.
Addressing the farmers who have come to facilitate him on a farmer becoming the Vice-President, Naidu dwelt at length about the problems adversely impacting farm incomes including the paradox of high input prices and non-remunerative prices for farm produce, inadequate institutional financing, lack of cold storage and transport facilities, shortage of irrigation and power supply, poor marketing systems, inadequate penetration of modern farm technology, inadequate public investments etc.
Vice President also referred to his visit to Madanapalle market in Andhra Pradesh where tomato was sold at one rupee per kg and the same day in Bengaluru at Rs. 8 per kilogram and the next day in Delhi at Rs. 20 per kilogram.
He said it reflect poorly on farmer being deprived of his due. He urged the farmers to take advantage of the e-NAM (National Agricultural Market) initiative launched by the central government to connect all the agricultural produce markets in the country.
Referring to Prime Minister call for doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022 when India completes 75 years of its independence, Vice President urged the state governments to ensure necessary infrastructure like good road connectivity, irrigation water, electricity, network of cold storage facilities, problem oriented farm research and extension services, marketing support to farmers etc.
He said the states have to play a critical role in assuring remunerative returns to farmers. He also referred to the success of focused efforts of the Madhya Pradesh Government that led to a 22% growth in farm output in the State.