Farmers are the guardians of ‘New India’, says PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Terming farmers as the guardians of ‘New India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that MSP for crops will be at least 1.5 times the production cost so as to boost farmers’ incomes. The Centre is working with states to ensure that they get the benefit of the support prices, he said while addressing Krishi Unnati Mela 2018 at New Delhi.

Many people are spreading rumours regarding the minimum support price (MSP) and creating a gloomy atmosphere, flagged Prime Minister as he told that the NDA government is working to address the interest of the farmers.

“…all input costs would be included while fixing MSPs of various crops and this decision would help double farm income by 2022,’ he said.

The Prime Minister also asked farmers to grow more oilseeds to reduce the country’s dependence on imports of cooking oil. Besides, he appealed to them to reduce the consumption of urea by at least half by 2022.

“Government is working day and night to ensure that farmers get latest seeds, required electricity, do not face any problem in market access and get right prices for their produce,” the Prime Minister said underlining that the NDA government is reforming agri-marketing to enhance farmer’s income.

Inaugurating the Jaivik Kheti (organic farming) portal and laid the foundation stone of 25 KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras), he also conferred the Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar.

More than 800 stalls have been set up by the central and state governments and various other organisations in this fair.

Among other issues, the Prime Minister also urged farmers not to burn crop residue as it leads to air pollution and affects soil fertility. The government, he further said, is continuously working to tackle the challenges faced by the agriculture sector in a holistic manner.

The 3-day fair, which started on Friday, is showcasing ways to enhance farmers’ income through theme pavilions like micro-irrigation, neem-coated urea, soil check/soil health card, reducing input costs through less use of fertiliser, effectiveness of crop insurance scheme and new dimensions of income generation such as animal husbandry, bee keeping and poultry farming.

(With inputs from PTI)