Agri infrastructure for farmers' welfare is a priority -Radha Mohan Singh
-The Hindu Business Line
The Narendra Modi government is committed to the welfare of farmers. As a result of this there has been a qualitative improvement in their lives. Taking a step in this direction, the government has transformed the targets meant for the implementation of farmers’ welfare schemes in a mission mode and time-bound manner.
The government has been successful in bringing about awareness amongst farmers through new initiatives taken for the development of the agriculture sector in the country.
Farmers provide an important direction to the efforts made in economic reforms. Therefore, to make radical changes in the system, proper emphasis should be given to post-harvest marketing and related arrangements.
Keeping in view the unabated erosion of natural resources and climate change, the MS Swaminathan Committee had also called for attention to the management of science-based natural resources and sustainable production and development. Establishing the nation-wide soil health card scheme is an important aspect of this thought. The government has made the use of neem-coated urea mandatory to reduce the cost of agriculture and enhance the nitrogen use efficiency. Besides enhancing productivity, it also helps in preventing the misuse of urea in the non-agriculture sector. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) is a very important scheme to ensure proper water management in agriculture practices.
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