BioVoice News June 2016 Issue 2 Volume 1 - Page 21

Agriculture: Good initiatives well taken but crop research needs regulatory push While the first priority of the central government was to take up effective initiatives to fight the challenges prevailing in agricultural sector, it has to now ensure that there is a push to the innovation in research as well BY SACHIN ARYA I n the last two years, the government has chalked out a plan to reduce the input cost in the agriculture sector and to provide farmers better return for their produce. Government is taking a number of initiatives to minimize the cost of agricultural production. With this goal in mind, 14 crore farmers in the country are being given Soil Health Cards. Apart from this, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana has been launched to promote organic farming. Neem Coated Urea, improved varieties of seeds and planting material, schemes like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana have been introduced. As per the union agriculture and farmers welfare minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh, “Prime Minister, Mr Narender Modi has taken the resolve to double the income of farmers. The government is also giving priority to the enterprises linked to agricultural sector so as to achieve this target.” Farmers are also being provided agricultural loans on concessional rate. The norms related to disaster relief have been altered to help the farmers affected by natural calamities so that they are compensated for the losses appropriately. The discrepancies existing in crop insurance schemes have been removed and a new scheme called Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana has been launched. The Government has taken a historical initiative to provide farmers better return of their produce. The concept of one nation and one mandi – has been taken ahead. The long pending mandi/ marketing reforms process has been accelerated. The pilot project related to e-mandi has been launched in this financial year. Under this, 21 mandis of 8 states have been linked so far. The government is continuously making efforts to bring uniformity in the rules and regulations pertaining to BIOVOICENEWS.COM 21