Srinagar: The government is working to achieve the goal of doubling farmer’s income by 2022, a goal set by Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi, Radha Mohan Singg Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry, Government of India, said on Thursday.
“The Ministry has outlined a new program to provide necessary technical and agricultural related information to the farmers. Under this scheme, Agriculture Fairs are being organised in all the five regions of the country. He said, for the first time, this fair is being organised in the southern region of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which shows this government’s commitment towards the development of the island,” said Singh at the three-day Regional Agriculture Fair (RAF) for Southern Region in Port Blair.
Shri Singh said during 2016, CIARI activities have been extended to Lakshadweep Islands by bringing Krishi Vigyan Kendra under its flagship. From April 2017 onwards, CIARI is running its regional centre at Minicoy islands Lakshadweep. He said he is happy to see farmers from Lakshadweep at the fair.
Besides tourism, the minister said, agriculture is contributing to the livelihoods of people in the region. CIARI is entrusted with the task of developing technologies to promote agriculture and crops that are more productive for farmers, he added.
“The institute has made several significant achievements during the past four decades of its service despite several constraints including its remote location in islands,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Agriculture Minister participated in the Organic Farming Conference in Port Blair. On this occasion, he said that 22.5 lakh hectares of land has been brought under organic farming through various schemes so far and out of them Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Organic Value Chain are important schemes.
The Minister also said that the Ministry launched PKVY to promote organic farming in cluster mode. Under the scheme, farmers are given Rs 50,000 per hectare for the 3-year turnaround time for organic farming, PGS certification, packaging, branding, and marketing. During the year 2015-16, 10,000 clusters were formed and 2-lakh hectare area was brought under organic farming in different parts of the country.