Middlemen Will Be Eliminated, Farmers' Income Doubled By 2020, Says PM Modi

| June 20 , 2018 , 14:43 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reached out to farmers across the nation via video conferencing, directly interacting with farmers from over 600 districts of India, outlining the government's initiatives towards doubling farmers' income by 2022. He also said that middlemen would be eliminated so they cannot claim commission from the "rightful earnings of farmers."

The PM Modi-led NDA government has often mentioned its goal of doubling the income of farmers by 2022, but has been criticised for the farmers suicides that continue to take place sporadically across India.

"I am delighted to interact with farmers from over 600 districts of India," said PM Modi, beginning the video conference which was telecasted on his app, on Facebook and on TV.

"Our government is working to ensure that the incomes of our farmers doubles by 2022. For that we are facilitating needed assistance wherever required. We have faith in the farmers of India," PM Modi said.

"Farmers throughout the country will get an optimum price for their produce. For this the government announced in Budget 2018 that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will be at least 1.5 times the input cost," he said.

"Today the country is breaking production records not only in grains, but also vegetables, fruits and milk," the PM said.

"In the year 2017-18, foodgrain production was more than 280 million tonnes, while the average production from 2010 to 2014 was 250 million tons. Similarly, in the area of pulses, 10.5 percent of the average production and horticulture area has registered an increase of 15 percent," PM Modi said.

"Under the Blue Revolution, the area of fish farming has recorded an increase by 26 percent, while animal husbandry and milk production has increased by about 24 percent," he said.

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"Our effort is to assist farmers in every step of the entire process of farming, i.e. before sowing, after sowing and after harvesting. Simply put, from the preparation of the crops to the sale in the market, i.e. from 'seed to market' initiatives are being taken up to help farmers," PM Modi said during the video conference.

"Before sowing, the farmers are made aware of which crop should be grown on what type of soil. For this purpose, the government has started the "Soil Health Card". Once it is known to them, then farmers are made available to good quality seed without having to face the problem of capital. For this purpose many farmer loans have been arranged," he said.

"Earlier there used to be long queues for fertilizer but now farmers are getting easy access to both manure and fertilizers. Today, 100 percent Neem-coated Urea is available in the country for farmers," PM said.

"The online platform e-NAM has been started to facilitate the farmer to get the optimum price for their produce. The biggest achievement is that middlemen will be eliminated and cannot claim commission from the rightful earnings of farmers," said PM Modi.