Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that India has the capacity to meet the food requirements of a large part of the world besides being self-sufficient in food grains production. Addressing the Leeds-2022 conference organized by the Federation of Indian Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Tuesday, Tomar said that the country is moving ahead with strategic plans keeping in mind the needs and challenges of the future. He said that it is necessary to increase productivity to maintain high food grain production, for this the country is also conscious. He believes that by including technology in farming, increasing access to farmers and irrigation system can reduce the cost of agriculture as well as increase production.
The Agriculture Minister said that despite the Corona epidemic, the agriculture sector in the country has achieved a significant growth rate of 3.9 percent. The figure of agricultural exports has also crossed Rs 4 lakh crore. He said that with the world population projected to exceed 900 million by the year 2050, there will be an increase in the demand for food, which will lead to a greater need for land for agricultural purposes, pasture and fertilizers for livestock and genetically modified crops. He said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, with the priority given to agriculture, agriculture has expanded significantly in the country in recent years and we have emerged as the second largest food producer in the world. The geography, climate and soil of India are very diverse, so it is naturally suitable for different crops. He said that India has the highest crop density in the world. According to the fourth advance estimate, India’s foodgrain production in the year 2021-22 is 315.72 metric tonnes.
Narendra Singh Tomar said that in order to make the country self-reliant and internationally competitive, the government is continuously working to advance small farmers. Many important schemes are being implemented in this direction, so that the challenges of farming can be reduced and the income of the farmers can be increased. He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, the target of the Central Government would be Rs. 70 thousand crore in the fisheries sector by the year 2024-25. To invest more than The government expects fish production to increase to 220 lakh tonnes by 2024-2025.
The Union Minister said that in the next 6 years, Rs 10,900 crore will be released. PLI scheme is being implemented for food processing with the encouragement of agriculture, while assistance-incentive is being provided for movement of agricultural products by air transport under Krishi Udan Yojana, which is of special benefit to the North-East and tribal areas. Is. Shri Tomar said that Rs.11 thousand crores. National Oil Palm Mission has been started with the expenditure of Rs. Next year the International Year of Nutritious Cereals will be celebrated under the leadership of India, whose preparations are in full swing. New Zealand’s Minister of Trade and Export Development, Agriculture, Biosecurity, Land Information and Rural Communities Damian O’Connor and industry representatives and others were present at the conference.
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