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    PM promises to give kisans access to global markets

  • Date : 16 August, 2018

     NEW DELHI: PM Modi said on Wednesday the country will soon have an ‘agriculture export policy’ so that Indian farmers can strongly compete in the global market. “Our granaries are full... but times have changed. Our farmers and agricultural methods should also be modern and more scientific. We want to bring value addition right from ‘beej se bazaar tak’ (seeds to market),” Modi said in his I-Day speech. 


    The commerce ministry had in March come out with a draft policy aimed at doubling agricultural exports (from about $30 billion to over $60 billion by 2022) and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural goods with the global value  chain. The policy is expected to be notified soon after incorporating stakeholders’ suggestions.

    In a response to his critics, the PM said, “We have a vision to double farmers’ income by the 75th year of Independence.  Some people have doubts, which is quite natural. But we are determined. “Hum makkhan par lakeer nahi, patthar par lakeer kheenchne waale hain (decisions taken by us are cast in stone, not on butter).”


    He listed his government’s measures, such as promoting organ organic farming, blue revolution, sweet revolution and solar farming among others, and recalled his decision  to increase the MSP of kharif crop by 1.5 times the cost of  production. 

    Source : Times Of India
     
 















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