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Farmers’ progress must for new India: Guv

| | Chandigarh | in Chandigarh

Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on Monday said that in the progress of farmers lies the progress of the country, therefore, to realize the concept of a New India, we shall have to take farmers forward.

The Governor while speaking at the closing ceremony of the 3-day 2nd Agri-Leadership Summit at Surajkund in district Faridabad said that if everyone takes one step forward, the country would take 125 crore steps forward and 21st century would belong to India.

He also recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda, who had said, 'while 17th century belonged to England, 18th century belonged to France, 19th to Germany, 20th to America and 21st century would belong to India.'

The Governor appreciated the efforts made by the State Government to host 2nd Agri-Leadership Summit.

The  Summit was attended by lakhs of farmers and experts. Apart from giving away awards to the progressive farmers, the Governor also gave away cheques of insurance money to the farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Steel Birender Singh emphasized the need for a new mindset for ensuring the progress of farmers. He also referred to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to double the income of farmers by the year 2022 and added that we would achieve this target with the initiatives being implemented, but this achievement would not be adequate to make the farmers prosperous, equal to an industrialist or trader.

While laying emphasis on bringing a change in the economy   for the real benefit of farming community, Birender Singh suggested that the currency to be given to farmers in lieu of sale of crop should be different and its value in the market should be three-folds as compared to normal currency.

He said that the real progress of farmers would only be possible with the transformation in the economic system of the country.

The event was also attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Purshottam Rupala, who assured all kind of help of the Central Government for the benefit of the farmers.

Purshpttam Rupala said that 30 per cent farmers have been brought under the ambit of PMFBY in its first year of implementation. This coverage would be increased to 40 per cent by the year 2017 and 50 per cent by 2018, said he.

He also offered all kind of support to make Haryana number one State in milk production.

Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar said that one-third of the farmers have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY), and those who are not under its ambit, could also get compensation upto ` 12000 per acre as the old system of Girdawari of crop loss continues. Out of the 108 mandis in the state, 37 have already been connected with e-NAM, 17 are in progress and the remaining would be connected by the end of March 2018. As many as 6,62,641 farmers in the state have sold their produce through e-NAM portal with trade of ` 7,527 crore, said the Minister.

 
 
 

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