India Working to Improve Income of Farmers
For developing and sharing models for sustainable agriculture, the BRICS Agriculture Ministers meeting in New Delhi has
agreed to set up a platform. The aim of this platform is to promote food security, sustainable agricultural development
and poverty alleviation through cooperation amongst the members. It will be a virtual facility. The BRICS meeting was attended
by the Agriculture Ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
To promote climate resilient agriculture technologies and improve capacity for exchange of information, the meeting held
under India’s Chairmanship for the first time and presided over by the Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri
Radha Mohan Singh. In a joint statement issued at the end of the two -day meeting of the BRICS Agriculture and Agrarian
Development Ministers the participating countries agreed to declare year 2016 as the International Year of Pulses in line with
the declaration made by the UN General Assembly.
The Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh spoke about India’s effort in reducing the input costs
of farmers through Soil Health card Scheme and the PM Krishi Sinchai Yojna (micro-irrigation). The Minister also underlined
the importance given to organic farming by the NDA Government, soil health card and micro irrigation.
The Minister said in order to take on the adverse effects of climate change, India has embarked upon a slew of initiatives
by undertaking a National Action Plan on Climate Change.
Another initiative in this direction is National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture to transform Indian Agriculture into
a Climate Resilient Production System through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures such as promoting location
specific integrated/composite farming systems, soil and moisture conservation measures, comprehensive soil health
management, efficient water management practices and main streaming rain fed technologies.