new Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that a major priority of self-reliant India is to make the country's agriculture and farmers self-reliant. He said that in this direction, along with advancing the reforms in the agricultural sector, the infrastructure facilities required for this work are being developed on priority basis. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of Lalikale on the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Modi said that self-sufficient agriculture and self-sufficient farmers are an important priority of self-reliant India.
He said that steps have been taken in this direction and a few days ago in this Corona era, an agricultural infrastructure fund of one lakh crore rupees has been created to provide modern infrastructure facilities to the farmers. It is noteworthy that last Sunday, the Prime Minister launched a funding facility of one lakh crore rupees under the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund. The fund has been created to help agri-entrepreneurs, startups, technology companies in the agricultural sector and farmer groups in post harvest management.
Referring to the reforms in the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister said that the limited scope for farmers to sell their produce has been eliminated. Now the farmer can sell his goods in any part of the world. Farmer Producer Associations (FPOs) are being promoted. The government has issued two ordinances related to agricultural reform. Where the aim of the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 is to allow farmers to sell agricultural produce within the state and in other states. At the same time, the Farmers' (Empowerment and Security) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Ordinance-2020 gives farmers a waiver of agreement with processing units, wholesalers, large retail companies and exporters on previously fixed prices.
The Prime Minister said that farmers have made the country self-sufficient through their efforts. He said that there was a time when our agricultural system was very backward. At that time, the biggest concern was how to feed the countrymen, when today we can feed not only India but many countries of the world. Modi said in his address that rural areas packages will be developed for agriculture and non-agricultural products. This step will help in increasing the income of farmers and speed up the rural economy.
This post was published on August 15, 2020 1:41 pm
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