Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that his government has doubled the budget for agriculture to Rs 2.12 lakh crore in order to achieve its objective of doubling farm income by 2022. “We are working towards ensuring that the income of our hardworking farmers doubles by 2022. For that, we are facilitating proper assistance wherever required. We have faith in the farmers of India,” said the PM during an interactive session he held with farmers from over 600 districts through Narendra Modi App.
During the session, Modi highlighted his government’s major schemes meant to boost the agrarian sector. “Cutting input cost, fair price for the crop, preventing the produce from rotting and creating alternate sources of income are the four key areas for raising farm income,” Modi said during the interaction.
“There is a record growth not only in foodgrain sector but also in milk, fruit and vegetable production,” he added. “Our effort is to provide farmers assistance at all stage of agriculture — at the time of sowing, after sowing and at the time of harvesting,” he said, adding the policy interventions are being planned to help farmers right from seeds to markets.
Today’s session was the sixth in a series of a direct outreach initiative undertaken by the Modi government to mark its completion of four years in office.
The Prime Minister has already interacted with the beneficiaries of his pet schemes including Digital India campaign, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana via NaMo app.