Produced Enough Food Grains in spite of Adverse Situations: FM
Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that government is taking concrete steps to remove debt problems of the farmers. He further said that Government has increased Agricultural Credit target Rs. 9 lakh crore for the year 2016-17 to bring the farmers within institutional fold. He added that government is taking long term measures to remove the problems of the farmers. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister said this in two days Kharif Conference being held at NASC-ICAR Institute Pusa, New Delhi. The Agriculture Minister informed that it is for the first time that the representatives of agriculture and related sectors have been invited for the conference. Singh observed that inspite of a severe loss to the crops owing to unseasonable rainfall, hailstorm and other natural calamities, the whole food grain production which was 252.02 million tons in 2014-15 as per advance estimate (15.2.2016), it has been increased to 253.16 million tones on 2015-16. Speaking at the occasion he said that, the government has to double the farmers income in the next five years as is announced in the budget 2016-17. Hon'ble Prime Minister has suggested 7 points to achieve the target.
>> Increase in Production
>> More income less input
>> To increase the income of farmers by reducing their marketing expenditure
>> Agriculture risk security
>> To reduce post-production losses production
>> Value addition
>> Auxiliary Activities
Singh informed that to increase availability of seeds in north east states, National Seeds Corporation had asked Govt of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar to provide land to establish production centres. West Bengal and Jharkhand have given land and it is hoped that Bihar will do the same. Minister also said that to establish an institution like Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar were requested to provide land. Maharashtra, Gujarat and UP have given land and it is hoped that Bihar will provide the land for the same. In the end, Minister called for the participation of all concerned, particularly states, to work for the welfare of farmers.
Micro irrigation Projects to Solve Water Problems: Brijmohan
Chhattisgarh Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said that micro irrigation projects have been fulfilling drinking water and irrigation needs of far-flung areas of the state. He urged the Centre to provide funds for big, medium and micro irrigation projects. He was addressing the four-day long India water week at Vigyan Bhawan. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Minister of State Sanwar lal Jat, Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh, Union Panchayat Raj Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other dignitaries were present at the function. Agrawal said that over 1.5 lakh hectare land could get irrigation facility through micro irrigation projects in Chhattisgarh. He demanded Rs 800 crore from the Centre for development of micro irrigation projects. He further said that budget in Chhattisgarh has been increased from 23 per cent to 34.76 per cent for ensuring development of water resources in the state.