December 5, 2022

The agricultural sector needs funds as well as access to modern technologies

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said India’s agriculture sector needs funds and modern technologies to improve its overall growth and productivity.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday that increased investment and the use of innovative technologies in the agricultural sector are needed to ensure stronger growth.

The minister said that as part of the government’s aim to double farmers’ incomes, the government has implemented various reforms and introduced many programs including PM-KISAN during the ‘8th Indian Maize Summit 2022 » organized by the FICCI industrial group.

“Agriculture is in desperate need of investment. The need to connect agriculture and technology is urgent,” Tomar explained.

The government has significantly increased the minimum support price (MSP) for maize to improve the production of this coarse grain, the minister said, citing the many benefits of the crop as a producer of food grains, food for animals and ethanol.

Tomar promised the industry that he would consider their proposals after the summit deliberations. He also underlined the importance of the agricultural sector for the Indian economy.

According to Tomar, the industry has performed beautifully during the COVID pandemic.

Farmers generated bumper food grain harvests, while the government purchased paddy and wheat crops at record highs, he noted.

According to the minister, India’s agricultural exports exceeded Rs 4 lakh crore, which is a positive development. Tomar says India is exporting wheat in large quantities as global demand increases due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The minister said the administration is dedicated to the development of farmers, rural areas and industries. Union Agriculture Minister unveils integrated, high-tech online portals for agricultural export and import and pesticide registration in huge boost to ease of doing business .

According to Tomar, drone applications of virtually all listed pesticides have been approved. It is a source of pride that agricultural exports and the convenience of doing business have increased dramatically. The Indian government is determined to improve agriculture.

First published: May 14, 2022, 10:32 IST