PM’s address at webinar on implementation of Budget in Agriculture sector


  • Your suggestions have played a very important role in this year’s budget. And you must have also noticed that we have tried our best to incorporate your suggestions and views.
  • The aim of today’s dialogue is how to carry forward agricultural reforms and budget provisions rapidly, to ensure its efficient last mile delivery within a definite time frame and with the inclusion of everybody.
  • The crux of today’s discussion should be that there should be an example of perfect public-private partnership and centre-state coordination.
  • There are experts from sectors like agriculture, dairy, fisheries in this webinar and also colleagues from public, private and cooperative sectors.
  • Your views are going to benefit us today. The webinar also has representatives of banks that fund the country’s rural economy.
  • All of you are important stake-holders of the self-reliant rural economy necessary for Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • I had elaborated in Parliament some time back as to how the government has taken several important decisions over the years, keeping in view the small farmers of the country.
  • The number of these small farmers is close to 12 crore and their empowerment will help in relieving the Indian agriculture from many difficulties.
  • Not only that, the small farmers will become the driving force of the rural economy. Before I elaborate, I want to reiterate some of the budget highlights regarding agriculture.
  • I know you all are familiar with these. The government has increased the agriculture credit target to 16.50 lakh crore rupees this time.
  • Priority has been given to animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries sector. The Rural Infrastructure Fund has also been increased to Rs. 40,000 crore.
  • The amount of Micro Irrigation Fund has also been doubled. The Operation Green scheme has now been widened to 22 perishable products.
  • It has been decided to link 1,000 more Mandis of the country with e-NAM. All these decisions reflect the thinking, intention and the vision of the government.
  • And all these decisions have emerged from the earlier discussions with all of you which we have pursued further.
  • Amidst the ever-increasing agricultural production, India needs the post harvest revolution or the food processing revolution and value addition in the 21st century.
  • It would have been very good for the country had it been done two-three decades ago. Now, we have to compensate for the time that has been lost and therefore we have to intensify our preparedness and speed in the days to come.

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