Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday that the government is serious about addressing all challenges facing India’s agricultural sector, including the impact of climate change.

Addressing the 16th Sustainability Summit of the industry body CII, the Minister said that in addition to climate change, there are other challenges in the agricultural sector.

To meet these challenges, the Indian government is seriously playing its role and assuming its responsibilities.

“Due to the climatic imbalance, there is either a drought somewhere or there is flooding. Given these unfavorable conditions, the government is quite serious. Our scientists are working very diligently to obtain suitable seeds, etc.”, the minister said in an ITC. declaration.

Even during the COVID crisis, Tomar said farmers have worked hard to harvest a bumper crop and the agricultural sector has contributed significantly to the country’s GDP.

As part of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’s important program, so far around Rs 1.57 lakh crore has been deposited into the bank accounts of more than 11 crore farmers, the minister said.

Tomar said that the Center has brought in new agricultural laws, which will bring about a radical change in the field of agriculture.

“With the new agricultural laws, the whole country will be an open market for farmers. With this in mind, the private sector can now also invest in modern agro-industrial platforms, set up post-harvest facilities such as than basins, cold stores, etc. “he said.

The Minister noted that this would pave the way for better facilities for farmers at lower costs and is very important for the development of the agricultural sector. These reforms created substantial investment opportunities and attempted to fill in the gaps.

Tomar said the government has launched the Production Incentive Program (PLI), which will prove beneficial for other industries, including food processing.

To make farming profitable for small and medium-sized farmers, he said infrastructure is being developed near the farms.

In this regard, the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund of Rs 1 lakh crore rupees has been established, through which projects are sanctioned. Projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore have been approved, he added.

Stating that 10,000 agricultural producer organizations (POAs) will be formed in the country as part of a central program, Tomar said it would help farmers a lot to get better markets and increase their incomes.

“It is a matter of pride for the country that we have joined the world top ten in terms of agricultural exports, and we want to do better,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Lea Wermelin, Minister of Environment in the Government of Denmark, said India and Denmark have started a new era in the form of a “Green Strategic Partnership” of scale that will give the country a special place in the provision of durable solutions. .

Highlighting the recently launched agreement between India and Denmark in September 2020, Wermelin said the high-level visits and discussions between the two countries showed opportunities for collaboration and mutual benefit in the area of ​​green growth. and finance.

She also mentioned that in the area of ​​providing safe drinking water to all households in a sustainable manner, especially to meet SDG 6, there is a partnership between Denmark and India – the Indo-Danish Water Tech Alliance, according to the statement.

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Posted on: Thursday September 02, 2021 6:43 PM IST

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