Union Agriculture Minister urges MPs to promote integrated farming
New Delhi: In order to double the farmer’s income, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh urged the members of Parliament on Thursday to promote Integrated Farming System (IFS) in their states. He further said that the government hasinitiated the National Mission on Integrated Farming Systems by converging the schemes of crops, horticulture, livestock and fisheries.
Singh further added that small farms (up to 2 ha) hold the key to ensuring food and nutritional security of India. Therefore, location specific integration of field crops, orchard, floriculture, agro-forestry, livestock such as dairy, poultry, piggery, fishery and other less land requiring activities such as mushroom, apiary, and boundary plantations is being done for improving the livelihood of marginal and small households.
Minister said further that high-yielding grain varieties heavily dependent on chemical fertilizers were used to reduce India’s dependence on food imports and meet the country’s food requirement. However later, due to the use of low fertilizers, productivity fell leading to decline in the income of farmers.
He highlighted the Economic Survey of India 2017-18 tabled in Parliament which indicates that over a period of 10 years, the share of income of farmers from crop production increased by only 1% while it increased by 7% for livestock.
Expressing happiness, the Minister said ICAR has partnered with 25 State Agricultural universities (SAUs), 5 research institutes and 1 Central University through All India Co-ordinated Research Project (AICRP) and developed 45 Integrated Farming System (IFS) models suitable to 23 states and 1 Union Territory for providing better production and income.
Stressing over IFS, He further said that Scientifically designed and tailor-made Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) is being promoted to achieve the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of “Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022”. It has addresses the multiple objectives of increased production, profit, cost-reduction through recycling, family nutrition, sustainability, ecological security, employment generation, economic efficiency and social equity.