PM Narendra Modi to address farmers at 'Krishi Unnati Mela'

PM Narendra Modi addresses'Krishi Unnati Mela at IARI in Delhi

In an apparent attack on Opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said confusion was being spread about the decision in the Union Budget to fix the minimum support prices of crops at least 1.5 times the production cost.

It has decided that for all notified crops, MSP will be at least one-and-a- half times the cost, Mr. Modi said.

He also said that many people are spreading rumours regarding the MSP and creating a gloomy atmosphere.

The Prime Minister said crop residue burning has harmful effects, and if the crop residue is instead returned to the soil through machines, it will have beneficial effects. However, PTI reported that when contacted after the Prime Minister's speech, Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand said what he meant was A2+FL. He shared the components of the cost. "The PM tried to explain in detail".

Modi said "comprehensive steps" were being taken for agriculture marketing reforms.

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In February, the Agriculture Ministry had organised a conference here to hold consultations with the stakeholders to find solution and ways for doubling the farm income by 2022.

Theme pavilions on doubling farmers' income, live demonstrations on micro-irrigation, wastewater utilization, animal husbandry and fisheries are among the major attractions of the fair. Modi reminded the farmers that his government had envisaged the creation of 20,000 Grameen Retail Agriculture Markets with the necessary infrastructure, and integrated with APMC and the e-NAM platform. He said the government cannot do this nor does it want to do it, but farmers can certainly make it possible.

He inaugurated the Jaivik Kheti (organic farming) portal and laid the foundation stone of 25 KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras).

The Prime Minister's assurance to farmers on support price on Saturday may not put an end to the debate over the method of calculating cost of production for fixing the MSPs, but it gave enough signal that the government's focus would mainly be on procurement and many pending proposed legislations at state-level to ensure remunerative prices of farm produce to farmers. He also conferred the Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar.

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