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Two day Brainstorming Session on Technological Innovations and Strategies for Farmers’ Prosperity in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh begins on Tuesday in New Delhi. Urging every farmer of the country to be a progressive farmer Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that farmers should adopt new technologies and advancements in the field and must have frequent engagements with ascientists and local Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The Minister said that being an important sector Agriculture should play a stabilising role in the economy and for this modernisation and technological advancements are required in the field to which the ICAR can contribute immensely. The Minister added that this series of discussions with Farmers that started with Rajasthan in July should continue with every other state as this initiative will definitely help in the prosperity of the farming community. Calling on the farmers to adopt modern technologies, the Minister said that the discussions and learning from the two day session shall be taken forward to practising in the agricultural fields.
Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, (DAC&FW) Ministry of Agriculture said that it is for the first time that Central Government is holding State specific discussions and that too directly with the farmers. The Secretary also said that the banking formalities have now been reduced and farmers can easily open accounts. Asking farmers to join for the new Farmers Pension scheme- PM Maan Dhan Yojana, the Secretary said that those farmers who have already registered for PM Kisan scheme will now start getting all information on their registered mobile phones.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) stressed on the adoption of the newer and advanced technologies that will help in achieving the targeted goal of doubling the farmers’ income by the Year – 2022. Outlining few issues in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Dr. Mohapatra said that discussions shall be on how proper value for product can be ensured, market intervention through FPOs, role of Scientists & Institutes and how crop diversification can be made possible in these States.