Indian agriculture blooms beyond expectations

Narendra Singh Tomar
Contd from previous issue
Similarly, through platforms and schemes like the National Agricultural Market (e-NAM), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Agricultural Mechanization and Cluster Development Programme under MIDH, the Government is committed to provide maximum benefits to the farmers.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, farmers have been provided with insurance cover in the event of a natural calamity. In order to bring more and more farmers under the crop insurance scheme, the “Meri Policy, Mere Haath” campaign has been launched. The importance of PM Crop Insurance Scheme can be gauged from the fact that farmers have deposited about Rs 21,000 crore of premium. while they have been reimbursed Rs 1.15 lakh crore as claims against crop damage.
Kisan Rail Scheme is another very important concept of PM Shri Modi for faster transportation of agricultural produce, under which special trains are being run for the swift movement of perishable agricultural produce. This is a major illustration of the Government's commitment and credibility towards the farmers. The success of Kisan Rail can be gauged from the fact that so far about 2,500 train trips have been conducted on about 175 routes across the country.
This year's budget of the Ministry of Agriculture has given special emphasis on agriculture Startups and agri-entrepreneurship. Work is being done very fast in this direction, and the results are also visible. Through the farmer friendly schemes of the Government of India, it is high time our agriculture sector scales new highs. Many hopes and expectations rest on the agriculture sector, which the Govt under the leadership of PM Shri Modi understands well and is chugging full steam towards reaching its destination.
At present, the Government, along with the public, is celebrating the ‘Azadika Amrit Mahotsav’ all over the country. All the Ministries and departments of the Centre, State Governments and their organizations are mobilized in celebrating thisgrand festival. In its continuation, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, showing dedication towards farmers, celebrated ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prrathmikta Hamari Abhiyan’ with great enthusiasm last April 25-30th. During this campaign, all the Departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, organizations and institutions under them including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and about 725 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) spread across the country organized Kisan Melas, Kisan Sammelans, seminars, workshops, webinars, round tables etc., in which a lot of Union and State Ministers and other public representatives including MPs and MLAs participated enthusiastically. In this way, when the Nation celebrates the 100th Year of Independence, then the country will have a bird's eye view of the evergreen agricultural sector of the Incomparable India. With this dream, we are all moving towards building an AatmaNirbhar Agriculture – Aatma Nirbhar India (Self-Reliant Agriculture - Self-Reliant India). Narendra Singh Tomar is Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.