5th July 2018, Port Blair
Steep hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Kharif crops will go a long way in improving the income of the farmers, said Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India while interacting with the Island farmers and KVK scientists under ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair. The Vice President stressed on the need to streamline the procurement process and Public Distribution System network so that the farm derives the maximum benefit apart from providing MSP at 50% or more over the cost of production. Other income enhancing measures need to be taken to mitigate agrarian distress, especially of the small and marginal farmers, he added.
Hon’ble Vice President urged the scientific community present at the gathering to have regular interaction with farmers through their scientific teams and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. A good synergy between the research institutes, farmers and KVKs along with the local administration is crucial for development of farm sector, he stated.
While expressing his concern over the unstable income of farmers owing to risks relating to production, markets and prices, the Vice President emphasised on the need to improve/ double the farmer’s income. Awareness among farmers on crop diversification, livestock (dairy and poultry), and horticulture (green house cultivation, hi-tech horticulture) sectors can be created more and more for enhancing farmers’ income and employment opportunities, he stressed.
He viewed that Government schemes like Soil Health Card (SHC), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) should go a long way to increase the farm income, if properly implemented. He further added that secondary agriculture like processing and value addition and creation of Farmer Produce Organisations (FPOs) and Village Producer Organisations (VPOs) for scaling up post-harvest operations have great potential in improving the farmer’s economy.
Earlier, Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI, welcomed the Vice President and other dignitaries.
The Lt. Governor of A & N Islands, Admiral D.K. Joshi, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt and other dignitaries from scientific and farming community were present in the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair; KVKs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata)