Union agriculture minister Radhamohan Singh on Thursday blamed the previous Congress-led UPA government in the state for the farmers’ plight due to lack of irrigation facilities and attention in the past.
The minister alleged that the Congress government hardly paid any attention to improve the soil health management system in 2006-07 despite institutional warnings. He said the opposition party never worked for the welfare of the farmers.
Addressing the 81st annual convention of the Indian Society of Soil Science in Gwalior, the minister urged scientists to work towards model development to mitigate losses arising due to climate changes.
“India is an agriculture-driven economy and a little over 50% of agriculture (crop pattern) depends on seasonal monsoon,” Singh said adding that it was a major challenge and the stakeholders should evolve new models to bridge the gap.
Singh lauded the initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transform agriculture into a profit-making venture. He claimed the country will be self-reliant in production of pulses and oilseeds in three years.
Singh claimed the present government had created a buffer stock of pulses and oilseeds to maintain supplies, which was not done by the previous government (Congress).
Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who was also present at the event, expressed concern over soil erosion in large parts of arid ravine and land in the Gwalior and Chambal regions.