Govt to announce new agriculture export policy
New Delhi: On the occasion of 72th Independence Day celebration Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that for the first time we are moving towards agriculture export policy so that our farmers can also face global competition with confidence and it would also help achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
Claiming that he has fulfilled his poll promise by implementing Swaminathan Committe report on increasing MSP one and half times, Prime Minister said, “Take for instance the case of MSP – economists, farmer organizations, farmers as well as political parties had been demanding, that farmers should get an MSP which is one and a half times of their investment. The matter was debated for years, files moved to and fro, and but was stuck. Finally, we took the decision. We took a bold decision of giving the farmers the MSP which is one and half times their investment”.
He also said, “We want to move along with the farmers in that direction by bringing modernity and diversity in agricultural sector. We want to bring value addition right from seeds to marketing. Some new crops are giving record yields. Today we can see a new agricultural revolution. Organic farming, blue revolution, sweet revolution and solar farming have opened up new vistas”.
“Our farmers are working on modern agricultural techniques like micro irrigation, drip irrigation and sprinklers, on the other hand, 99 big closed irrigation projects have also been revived” he also added.
Satisfying with the achievement Modi said, “Our country is the second highest fish producer in the world and is on the verge of reaching the top position soon. The export of honey has doubled. The sugarcane farmers are happy that ethanol production has tripled. It means in rural economy other businesses allied to agriculture are also as important as agriculture”.
He also discussed about interest of farmers in solar farming which will help them earn money by selling surplus power.