September 30, 2020

Shyamasri Bandyopadhyay:‘Without providing livelihood security to farmers, we cannot achieve inclusive growth’
Stressing the need to step up agriculture productivity, the former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said the food output should grow at a minimum of two per cent annually to meet the country’s demand by 2020-21. PM Modi releases Rs 17,000 crore to 8.5 crore farmers under PM-KISAN scheme. Asserting that the government’s agri-reforms are focused on empowering small farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a financing facility of Rs 1 lakh-crore under the Agri-Infra Fund that will help create post harvest infrastructure in villages and generate jobs.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister transferred Rs 17,000 crore directly into the bank accounts of 8.5 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.Modi also said that the country does not face problems in farm production but in post-harvest losses and therefore efforts are being made to strengthen post harvest infrastructure facilities and ensure better income for farmers.Modi launched the fund through a video conference on the auspicious occasion of Balram Jayanthi, a day when farmers worship plough. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and farmers from some states also participated in the video conference.“On this auspicious occasion, a special fund of Rs 1 lakh-crore has been launched to create agriculture-related infrastructure facilities in the country.“This will help in creating better storage facilities and modern cold storage chains in villages. Many employment opportunities will get created in villages,” Modi said after the launch.