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Indian agriculture has made rapid growth in food, fruits, vegetables, dairy and fishery production: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Speaking at the inauguration of two-day national level workshop on Peri-Urban Agriculture, organized by Haryana Agriculture Department, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that Indian agriculture has made rapid growth in food, fruits, vegetables, dairy and fishery production, setting an example to the world . He also pointed out that the Ministry in the last three years has developed many innovative schemes and also pas provided necessary funds; and also taken some policy-making decisions which had resulted in a far-reaching effect on the agriculture sector.

To achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 set by the Prime Minister Modi, the Ministry is taking effective steps like focusing on proper processing techniques, traffic and market expansion to make agriculture profitable. He said under Peri-Urban Agriculture small and large-scale agricultural production will be done in and around the cities..

 Rapid urbanization in the past years, Singh said, has increased the demand for vegetables, fruits and flowers. Peri-Urban Agriculture, he added, besides helping adapt to climate change, helps price stabilization through developing important local food production centres; this will reduce the burden on transport thereby help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cold storages.

The Minister said that they are developing a system that will supply food to cities from 100 to 200 km which will create employment options and additionally prevent conversion of agricultural land into cities and towns.The government is promoting quality in agriculture through food processing and in this regard  Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana has been launched with an allocation of Rs.6,000 crore rupees.

 

 To continue with the text of an official release from the Ministry of Agriculture,the Minister said that Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) has helped in production and productivity, post-harvest management and marketing by providing assistance in the production of quality seeds,  protected agriculture, vegetable and organic farming.

Shri Singh said that, cow and buffaloes rearing around the cities for milk is an ancient practice. Ministry of Agriculture has implemented important schemes to promote milk production. The Minister added said that Rashtriya Gokul Mission was launched in December 2014 to conserve and develop indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner. The projects have been sanctioned in 27 states of the country with the funds of Rs.1,077 crore under the Mission to double the productivity of domestic bovines. Through this process, the species of 41 domestic bovines and 13 mahish bovines is being promoted and developed. A sum of Rs. 173 crore has been sanctioned for 18 Gokul Grams in 12 states under Gokul Gram Scheme. For the first time, two National Kamdhenu Breeding Centres in Chintaldevi district Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, and Itarsi, district Hoshangabad, MP, with the funds of Rs.50 crore are being established for the preservation and promotion of domestic bovines in scientific way. With Rs.10 crore, 2 Gokul villages are being set up in Haryana – one in Hisar and one in Ladwa Gaushala. An announcement has been made for implementation of DIDF (Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund) with an outlay of Rs 10,881 crore under the ambitious White Revolution Mission.

Shri Singh said that keeping in view the tremendous potentialities of fisheries sector our Hon’ble Prime Minister has declared Blue Revolution. Along with its multi-dimensional activities, the Blue Revolution focuses on the enhancement of fish production and productivity through inland and marine fisheries. The government has also started a new scheme with the name of Deep Sea Fishing under the umbrella of Blue Revolution.  

The Agriculture Minister said that the Ministry is also working on Honey Revolution. The National Bee Board has given 205% more financial assistance in the last three years. The number of bee colonies increased from 20 lakh to 30 lakh. There has been 20.54% increase in the production of honey. The center-funded scheme of national beekeeping and honey mission is also being prepared.

Shri Singh said that through Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), the government is promoting organic farming in the country. Under this scheme, farmers are encouraged to form groups for organic farming. Under Promotion of City Compost, the Government is providing market development assistance of Rs.1500 per metric tonne.

 

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