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Tehsil should be the unit of agricultural development: PM Narendra Modi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare. Addressing a gathering of farmers at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on the occasion of the launch of DD Kisan, Doordarshan’s channel dedicated exclusively to farmers, the Prime Minister also called for making the “tehsil” the unit of agricultural planning and development.

The Prime Minister said that if the country has to move forward, villages must progress, and if villages are to progress, then it is essential for agriculture to progress. He said there was a time when agriculture was the most preferred of professions, but over a period of time, its attractiveness had declined to rock bottom. He added that with the right incentives and actions, this trend could be completely reversed.

The Prime Minister recalled the inspiration of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, which had led farmers to make the country self-sufficient in the production of foodgrains. He said the same inspiration and spirit was needed again, so that the nation became self-sufficient in the production of pulses and oilseeds.

The Prime Minister said the DD Kisan channel should keep an eye and inform farmers about the changes in weather, global markets etc., so that farmers can plan ahead and take the right decisions well in time.

The Prime Minister called for re-engaging rural youth with agriculture in a big way. He said DD Kisan channel can also highlight the efforts of progressive farmers so that their innovations can be replicated across the country.

The Prime Minister called for farmers to adopt a three-pronged approach to agriculture, which balanced farming, animal husbandry, and tree plantation.

The Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, and the Union Minister for State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, were present on the occasion.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi wants to know if Research being done on Goodness of Cow Urine

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme; however, she went on a different track altogether

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Indian cow. Pixabay
  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine
  • He also asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle
  • Lekhi discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared

New Delhi, August 2, 2017: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine, and asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle.

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS). However, she went on a different track altogether, and discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Wikimedia

Lekhi mentioned a case where a person who was a “former ASD” was taken seriously ill, and was cured after he consumed cow urine as medicine.

She said the “ancient science” of the country has disappeared and asked if the government is planning to commission research on the medicinal science related to cattle.

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Minister Radha Mohan Singh in reply said under the “Rashtriya gomang Utpadak Mission”, a centre was being established in Karnal, Haryana.

Lekhi then said that the humus content in soil is coming down due to which it converts into dust which is a threat to health. The MP said cow dung can be used as fertiliser and also suggested using cow waste for methane production.

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She also asked if the government has any plans of using cow dung for increasing humus content of soil.

Singh said the government is concerned about the environment, but added that the main question was focused on quality of milk products of DMS.

This prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say on a lighter note that it was the minister’s skill that he could answer unrelated questions.

Mahajan however added that MPs are not reading the question.

“I am sad that MPs are not reading the questions, even those who ask the question do not read it,” she said. (IANS)

 

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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Measures taken for drought affected districts in nine states: Radha Mohan Singh

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New Delhi: The government on Friday said 207 districts in nine states have been affected by drought, and contingency steps had been taken to ensure there was no marked reduction in sowing area.

Replying to a marathon debate in the Lok Sabha in which 33 members spoke and 41 gave their views in writing, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said all farmers in the country would get soil health cards by 2017.

The debate was initiated by Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia last week, but Congress members were not present in the house during the minister’s reply as they walked out earlier to demand an apology from a BJP member over his “objectionable” remarks against their party leaders.

Scindia had said 190 lakh hectare of land had been affected due to drought and the affected states had sought relief of over Rs.25,000 crore from the central government.

The minister said Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand had been impacted by drought due to less rain in the 2015 Kharif season.

According to the memoranda received, 207 districts in nine states have been declared drought-hit,

The minister refuted allegations by Scindia about differences in the government’s words and deeds and highlighted the steps taken over the past 18 months for farmers.

Responding to the concerns of members, Singh said central teams had sent its recommendations to a high-powered committee to provide assistance to the affected states.

The minister said 302 districts in the country had received 20 percent less rain, but that did not mean all were drought affected.

Radha Mohan Singh said it was wrong to assume that a state facing adverse conditions such as drought got money only after the recommendations of an expert committee sent by New Delhi.

There is SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) in which 75 percent contribution is from the central government.

The minister said the Modi government had faced three seasons with natural adversities – a drought during the last Kharif season (rainfall deficiency of 12 percent), losses due to hailstorm and another drought in Kharif season this year.

The sown areas for the rabi season was 442 lakh hectare compared to 446 lakh hectare last year.

We did not allow drought to have too much impact. We have given contingency plans to states.

Referring to wheat, he said the sown area was 16 percent less compared to last year’s index, but there were still 15 days of sowing left.

He said pulses had been sown on 114 lakh hectare compared to 115 lakh hectare last year. This was achieved as half the money under the national mission was given to farmers who only grew pulses.

Taking a dig at the previous UPA government over the crop insurance scheme, he said he was unable to understand “if it was working for the benefit of farmers or the companies” and added that the Modi government would remove its shortcomings.

Referring to concerns over the minimum support price for crops, he said he would form a committee to review the national policy on farmers.

The minister claimed that farmers have been caught in the web due to the policies pursued over the last six decades and noted that suicides by any farmer was a matter of concern.

Referring to the impact of climate change on agriculture, he said soil health card was one of the ways to meet the challenge.

Singh said 300 agriculture markets would be linked by April. (IANS)

(Picture Courtesy:punjabupdate.com)