Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government is taking every step to ensure holistic development of farmers and enrichment of the agriculture sector in the country. He said, farmers in the country have started benefitting from the reforms brought by the Centre. Mr Tomar said, extending the benefits of the IT sector to the farmers, the government is utilizing modern tools of communication for dissemination of useful information.
On creation of a data bank of farmers in the country, the Agriculture Minister said its resources will be utilized to inform farmers about soil health, send forewarning of floods and even maintenance of land records of agricultural fields. Mr Tomar said, the government aims at making agriculture profitable with assured returns for the farmers.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 10th Knowledge Exchange Summit, the Agriculture Minister said, a promising agri sector in the country will be able to attract people from the new generation towards it. He said, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, an amount of one lakh crore rupees is being utilized to create agri oriented infrastructure in the country.
Mr Tomar said, the government has also planned investment of 10 thousand crore rupees for development of food processing units. He said, an amount of 6 thousand 850 crore rupees is being spent towards creation of 10 thousand Farmer Produce Organisations (FPOs). Mr Tomar also informed that the government has paid a sum of 87 thousand crore rupees to the farmers towards settlement of claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.