ANN | New Delhi, 17 Feb 2022
Centre has made it clear that there was no proposal to introduce a separate budget for agriculture. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Tomar gave this information in Lok Sabha in the first part of budget 2022 session.
“However Government of India provides top most priority to the sector which is the backbone of the Indian economy. This is reflected in the fact that budget allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is very substantial. It has increased from Rs 27662.67 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 132513.62 crore in 2022-23, ie an absolute increase of 379%.”, he added.
“To increase farm productivity and provide protection to farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare operates a number of schemes”, the minister further told the house.
The starred question was asked by D. K. Suresh, Congress MP from Karnataka. He had asked whether the Government proposed to introduce a separate annual budget for agriculture keeping in view the objectives of increasing the farm productivity, providing protection to farmers, etc.
Many farmers’ organization and farmer leaders have been demanding for separate agriculture budget for a long time.