For the Sake of Farm­ers’ In­come

Rural & Marketing - - EDITORIAL - Ajay Ad­lakha Email: ajay.ad­lakha@i9­me­dia.org

Naren­dra Modi led NDA Gov­ern­ment com­pleted three years in May 2017 and the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry came out with its three years achieve­ments. Even though some achieve­ments such as Fasal Bima Yo­jna have not gained mo­men­tum at ground level, how­ever it would not be in­cor­rect to say that sev­eral mea­sures ini­ti­ated by the Gov­ern­ment has started yield­ing pos­i­tive re­sults. Higher bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion cou­pled with proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of Cen­trally spon­sored schemes, strict mon­i­tor­ing, ded­i­cated cam­paigns for Rabi and Kharif sea­sons and Price Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Fund cer­tainly con­trib­uted to the growth of the sec­tor. Let us hope this mo­men­tum re­mains en­act.

For fund­ing and fi­nanc­ing the sec­tor, the of­fi­cial data are also en­cour­ag­ing and en­sure that money would not be a bot­tle­neck for holis­tic development. The Gov­ern­ment had al­lo­cated Rs 45,035 crore for 2016-17, which was later in­creased to Rs 57,503 crore in the re­vised bud­get. For four years 2014-18, the Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated Rs 1,64,415 crore. For 2017-18, the Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated Rs 58,663 for Agri­cul­ture and al­lied sec­tors.

Thanks to good mon­soon for con­sec­u­tive two years. We are at record high pro­duc­tion of food­grain. To­tal food­grain pro­duc­tion was es­ti­mated to be 273.38 mil­lion tonnes in 2016-17, which is 8.67 per cent higher than 2015-16. This year as well, the weather de­part­ment has fore­cast nor­mal mon­soon. The Kharif sea­son is around the corner, there­fore, it is im­per­a­tive for the State gov­ern­ments to make plans to pro­cure high-qual­ity seeds of sev­eral types of crops and fer­tilis­ers for the farm­ers. It is promis­ing to note that with the launch of the Kharif Cam­paign 2017, the Gov­ern­ment has roped in States to en­sure that there is no scarcity of in­puts for the farm­ers.

Huge out­lay, ear­marked by the gov­ern­ment this year for the sec­tor would also have great im­pact on the growth of the sec­tor. Sale of agro­chem­i­cals are bound to in­crease. Over­all, Agri­cul­ture sec­tor is in tran­si­tion. Pas­sion­ate, award win­ning Ed­i­tor and tech­nol­ogy ex­pert for print me­dia. Over 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence across all me­dia chan­nels in­clud­ing broad­cast TV, print ads, in­ter­ac­tive me­dia, dig­i­tal me­dia and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies.

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