India’s second green revolution to come from eastern states: Prime Minister
New Delhi, Mar 19:
Stating that first green revolution took place on the strength of availability of water in northern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that second green revolution in agriculture would come from eastern states through using modern technology and better farming practices.
“First green revolution took place at places with good water supply but second green revolution has to be powered by technology and through adopting modern farm practices,” Modi said while inaugurating a mega farmers’ fair – Krishi Unnati Mela where more than one lakh farmers set to attend. The Mela is being organsied by agriculture ministry in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
He said there is enormous potential in the states such as eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha and North-eastern states in terms of boosting agricultural output. Stressing the need for increasing rural income, Modi said purchasing power has to increase and this will happen when the village economy is strengthened:
On the task of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Prime Minister said that although task is difficult but states and centre work in tandem the challenging task could be achieved.“We must attempt to increase farmers income through increasing farm productivity and setting up of markets and processing facilities for farmers’ produce,” he said.
On the long pending 90 odd projects under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), Modi said that in most cases the works have been completed however the farmers are depriving of water because of lack of connecting canals to the farmers field. “After completion of these projects, more than 80 lakh hectare of land would be irrigated,” Modi noted that his government thrust has been on increasing irrigation Pradhan Mantri Gram Sichayi Yojana.
Stating that recently announced Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was formulated after wider consultations with the farmers, Modi said “farmers lost interest in crop insurance programme earlier and this the first crop insurance where premium will be less while the coverage would be more,”.
Regarding the need for water conservation, Prime Minister he stressed the need to conserve water through adopting micro and drip irrigation projects. “Even using drip irrigation, water intensive sugarcane can be grown,” he noted. Besides he stressed the need for food processing for increasing farmers income.
The three day National Agricultural Exposition during March 19 – 21 would also showcase latest technologies in the sectors such as irrigation, farm mechanisation, various kinds of fertiliser besides displaying various varieties of buffaloes, poultry birds etc.
During the mega even, seminars on all the agriculture-related flagship programmes of the Modi led NDA government — soil health card, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, PMFBY, Blue revolution, etc would be organised during three days event.
Prime Minister also handed over ‘Krishi Karman Awards’ to eight states – Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Meghalaya, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and progressive farmers who have made outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture.
The Prime Minister’s comments at a time when farmers in mostly in north-western states had witnessed unseasonal rains during March-April last year just prior to the harvesting of rabi crops. These rains resulted in more than 9% fall in wheat output to 86.5 million tonne (MT) in 2014-15 from 95.8 MT reported in the previous.
However the sharpest fall was witnessed in the case of mustard whose production in 2014 – 15 declined by more than 20% to 6.2 MT from 7.8 MT reported in the previous year.These unseasonal rains were preceded by a deficient monsoon during June – September, 2014 when the overall rainfall deficit was 12% of the normal rainfall. Last year also the rainfall was deficit by 12% following which 10 states declared drought.
The mega farmers’meet in national capital follows after Prime Minister Modi addressed four farmers’ rallies in Sehore (Madhya Pradesh), Bargarh (Odisha), Belagavi (Karnataka) and Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) last month.