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Vice President outlines 12 initiatives to make agriculture viable and remunerative

Vice President outlines 12 initiatives to make agriculture viable and remunerative

The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidustated that though Farming is one among the most productive and crucial occupation in India, still farmers are finding the profession unattractive because of low and stagnated income and productivity.

The Vice President said that strategies for faster, inclusive and sustainable growth must  address the issues faced by farmers.

Government initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), e-NAM and Soil Health Cards are helping the farmers to improve productivity and get better returns. Further, he stated that initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana are required for addressing the risks in livestock sector.

Currently, India holds top position in the production of many crops. It has the highest milk production in the world and has seen many transformative changes as it ushered in green, white, blue and yellow revolutions.

The Vice President has outlined twelve initiatives that will help to raise the productivity and generate sufficient returns to the farmers.

  • First is the use of good quality seeds which can enhance productivity by 15 to 20%.
  • Second, a balanced use of fertilizers is essential for raising agricultural productivity.
  • Third, timely institutional credit plays a pivotal role for adoption of innovations by marginal and small farmers.
  • Fourth, diversification by supplementing farming with allied activities like dairying, fisheries and poultry can contribute significantly to increasing farmers incomes.
  • Fifth, farm mechanization in India must expand.
  • Sixth, intensification of agriculture and combining agriculture with horticulture and mechanization of hill agriculture can increase the farmers income.
  • Seventh, we must strengthen the ecosystem that encourages agro-based industries.
  • Eighth, there has to be a much better understanding of water use.
  • Ninth, farmers need to realize larger share of the consumer price. Tenth, we may have to consider substantive reforms in the land policy.
  • Eleventh, we need to develop climate change resilient farming practices.
  • Twelfth, knowledge sharing processes must be streamlined.

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