New Delhi — To add a new dimension to the condition and direction of agriculture in the country, the NDA government has taken several steps — according to a statement issued by Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.
With the objective of making farming competitive and profitable and to make the country self-sufficient in providing food for the growing population, the government has, in the last one year, embarked upon a number of initiatives that address the multiple concerns affecting the farming as an enterprise. The emphasis of the government, according to the statement, is on:
- production activities with a view to enhancing productivity on a sustainable basis;
- on post-production activities, that takes care of marketing concerns, and
- credit facilitation.
The thrust is on sustained growth based on reduced cost of cultivation, rejuvenation of soil health, efficient use of water resources and remunerative prices on the produce of a farmer. Further, the emphasis is on risk mitigation through insurance scheme.
Keeping the above in mind, the government has rolled out the following new initiatives:
- Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana,
- Soil Health Card Scheme,
- Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana,
- Neem Coated Urea,
- Enhanced credit facility to the farm sector,
- National Agricultural Market,
- Krishonnati Yojana, in addition to above includes
- National Food Security Mission,
- Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture,
- National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm,
- National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture,
- National Mission on Agricultural Extension & Technology,
- Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Marketing,
- Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Cooperation,
- National Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund and
- Price Stabilization Fund for Cereals & Vegetables.
- Further, the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation is also implementing the following schemes & programmes that support growth of the agricultural sector:
- Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and
- National Crop Insurance Programme.