States should take advantage of the agriculture infrastructure fund, says Tomar
According to Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund is set up to stimulate infra investments and will facilitate and drive rapid clearances through a user-friendly web site.
He urged the governments to use the fund so that the advantages reach small and marginal farmers who lack on-farm warehousing and cold storage. The Minister noted that the farmers' database is our wealth and would help focus programme delivery, reduce seepages, improve policy formulation, and promote smart farming in the country. The database of 5.5 crore farmers is ready, and work is on to verify others.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tomar said, have just authorised the National Edible Oil Mission (NMEO-OP). This will increase domestic production of edible oils and reduce imports. This mission will enhance capital investment, create jobs, reduce reliance on imports, and increase farmer income.
During the conference, the Northeast states praised the Central Government's National Edible Oil-Palm Oil Mission and pledged their support for its implementation.
On the second day of the conference, Piyush Goyal stated that the Central and State Governments are working together to improve the future of farmers. Agricultural reforms have put India on the path of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, he remarked.
Concerning agriculture exports, the minister stated that India should strive to become one of the top five agri exporting nations. According to the minister, ‘One District, One Product' has identified 106 items from 103 districts that should be pushed as export centres to ensure local goes global. He said red rice is currently being transported to the USA and Tripuran jackfruit to the UK. Better markets require FTAs.
Vivek Agarwal, assistant secretary, gave a talk on the conference's themes. He detailed his vision of AtmaNirbhar Agriculture, which will turn farmers into entrepreneurs, improve their income and quality of life, and become India the world's food basket. 10,000 FPOs, export-oriented clusters, organic clusters, and digital agriculture are planned to accomplish AtmaNirbhar Agriculture.
Discussing the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, exporting agricultural products, and self-sufficiency in pulses and oilseeds can help revolutionise agriculture (Natural Mission on oilseeds and oil palm). Data matching between PM Kisan and KCCs for small and marginal farmers, and national farmers database with state land records database.
Shobha Karandlaje and Kailash Choudhary were present. Chief Ministers and Agriculture Ministers lauded the Central Government's efforts to advance the agriculture sector and offered comments on various programmes and regional issues.
The North-East state governments have praised the new National Edible Oil Mission– Palm Oil, claiming it will create a paradigm shift in their economies. They thanked Modi and Tomar. The Karnataka government presented the Crop Survey Project and APEDA presented agricultural exports.