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Modi government working on four ‘Is’ to boost the income of farmers: Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu inaugurated the three-day-long Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) Kota 2017.

jaipur Updated: May 24, 2017 19:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, chief minister Vasundhara Raje and agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini inaugurate GRAM 2017 in Kota on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Crop diversification, adoption of latest agricultural techniques and food processing are the only ways to ensure the prosperity of farmers and agriculture in the country, Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said while inaugurating the three-day-long Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) Kota 2017 on Wednesday.

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s dream of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 can be realised only through partnership with state governments, Naidu said adding that the Centre is working on four ‘Is’ —irrigation, infrastructure, interest rate and insurance —to boost the income of farmers.

“Till the time our farmers are not developed, India cannot be developed. That’s why the Centre is working with the state governments on all these four fronts,” the minister said.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed the government’s commitment towards making farmers ‘self-reliant’ through exposing them to agricultural advancements and progressive farming via events like GRAM Kota.

Naidu said that the agriculture sector is in crisis following declining profitability due to crop loss because of natural disasters, inadequate agricultural infrastructure and other adverse factors, so devising economically viable solutions through research and technology to enhance productivity is the need of the hour, said Naidu.

“Rajasthan has emerged as a model state in helping farmers pursues crop diversification and adopt latest agricultural techniques,” said Naidu.

Puppets and Rajasthani folk dancers perform during the inaugural ceremony of GRAM 2017 in Kota on Wednesday. ( AH Zaidi/HT Photo )

He stated that the Modi government has brought down agriculture cooperative crop loan interest rates to 7.1% and has also facilitated bank loans worth ₹10 lakh crore to farmers at low interest rates. He said the government will soon realise Modi’s dream of “one nation one market” through e-NAM (National Agriculture Market), which will enable the farmers to sell their produce wherever they get the best price across the country.

Naidu and Raje laid foundation the foundation stone for the Kota Dushera Ground Development Project worth ₹175 crore under the Smart City Project.

Speaking on the occasion, Raje said that the GRAM Jaipur event in 2016 had witnessed participation from delegates from several countries where 38 MoUs worth ₹4,400 crore were signed. “Now, farmers will learn new agricultural techniques through GRAM Kota while agricultural investments worth ₹1000 crore in the fields of agro-processing, cultivation of cash crops, horticulture and other sectors would also be made through the event to make farmers self-reliant,” she added.

Agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini, Malaysian high commissioner in India Hidayat Bin Abdul Hamid, president of Rajasthan Chapter of FICCI, Ashok Khajaria, Kota MP Om Birla and several other ministers were present on the occasion.

The three-day GRAM — organised by Rajasthan government and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) — meet ends on Friday. Malaysia is the partner country for the event.

First Published: May 24, 2017 19:53 IST