Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government as compared to the previous governments has taken several important steps for the improvement of living standards of farmers and the upliftment of agriculture sector. The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh has strongly disputed over questions raised about Modi Government’s alleged inaction on the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) report.
He recalled that veteran agricltural scientist Dr. M S Swaminathan, while acknowledging this in his article in an English daily said “Although the NCF report was submitted in 2006, very little action was taken until the present government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office. Fortunately over the last four years, several significant decisions have been taken to improve the status and income of farmers.”
The Union Agriculture Minister said to help farmers get fair value of their produce and enhance their income, the present government fulfilled its promise by recently announcing a hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Kharif 2018.
Praising the decision of the government, Dr. Swaminathan said “The recent announcement of a remunerative price based essentially on the recommendation of NCF is a very important step to ensure the economic viability of farming. To underline, government has ensured in its notification that from Kharif 2018 onwards MSP of the notified crops would be minimum of 150% of the cost of production; it ranges from 150-200% for coarse cereals.”