Kisan Samridhi Kendras will spur modernisation of agriculture: Modi   

PM releases 12th instalment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi under which ₹16,000 crore will be credited into bank accounts of over 8.5 crore farmers

Updated - October 17, 2022 08:43 pm IST

Published - October 17, 2022 01:05 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches various initiatives for farmers, in New Delhi on October 17, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches various initiatives for farmers, in New Delhi on October 17, 2022 | Photo Credit: Twitter/@narendramodi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 600 Kisan Samridhi Kendras and One Nation One Fertiliser Scheme New Delhi on October 17, 2022 at a conclave of farmers and about 1500 start-ups in the agriculture sector. Mr. Modi also released the 12th instalment of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under the scheme, ₹16,000 crore will be credited in the bank accounts of over 8.5 crore farmers. Mr. Modi said more than ₹2 lakh crore has been transferred to farmers' accounts and it has helped them in managing the input cost.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Modi said steps are being taken to modernise agriculture in the country. He said Kisan Samridhi Kendras will function as helping centres for farmers in this process.

The Prime Minister said the amount under the Kisan Samman Nidhi will be credited directly into the accounts of farmers. "There will be no mediators for this," Mr. Modi added.

He said urea factories in the country were closed down earlier to benefit the importers and added that after 2014, government took several steps and now the country is marching towards self sustenance in liquid nano urea production. "Nano urea will help farmers to address the issue of scarcity in urea," Mr. Modi said.

The Prime Minister said the fertilizers will be rebranded as "Bharat" to help farmers and it will decrease the prices of major fertilizers as transportation cost will be regulated.

 

He urged the farmers to make use of technology in farming. "We have provided 22 crore soil cards to farmers so that they know the health of the soil," he said and added that new varities of seeds are also being produced to meet the challenges of climate change.

The Prime Minister said as part of observing the Millets Year in 2023, the Centre will promote cultivation of millets.

He asked the farmers to be judicious in using water and the Centre is promoting "per drop more crop" schemes in promoting micro irrigation. 70 lakh hectares of the country has been brought into micro irrigation, he said.

Reiterating his support to natural farming, Mr. Modi said along with Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, farmers of several States have joined the process of natural farming. He said produces of natural farming are getting new markets. He said fruit such as dragon fruits and millets from Uttarakhand have gained new markets abroad. "Agriculture markets are being modernised so that farmers can sell their produce sitting at their houses," he said.

He said there are more than 3000 start-ups functioning in agriculture sector. "They are changing the future of Indian agriculture. Innovations such as Kisan drones are changing the way of agriculture," he said.

Insisting on Aatmnirbharta (self reliance), the Prime Minister said key products such as edible oil, fertilizers and crude oil accounted for huge financial outgo and global situations impacted the supply also. He gave examples of Di Ammonium Phosphate and other fertilizers, prices of which escalated exorbitantly during the global situation. He said the country had to buy urea at the rate of ₹75-80 per kilogram, though it was supplied to farmers at ₹5 to 6 per kg. “The government will spend ₹2.5 lakh crore to ensure affordable fertilizers to farmers this year too,” he added.

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