The District Level 'Krishi Kumbh' would be Organized
Lucknow: Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi informed that at the district level 'Krishi Kumbh' would be organized so that farmers who have not been able to attend it in Lucknow can avail of government facilities and programmes at their doors.
Shahi was speaking on the concluding day of the three-day Krishi Kumbh at the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research in Lucknow. The 'mini-Kumbhs', to be held at Krishi Vigyan Kendras and it will start from December 15.
The first-of-its-kind initiative brought farmers and individuals from the farm sector under one roof. It aimed i. to recognize developments in agriculture, ii. to put a spotlight on harvest management and stubble burning and iii. to put focus on usage of alternative sources of energy.
Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing on October 26, its last day had governor Ram Naik as chief guest and Assembly Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit as special guest. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh were also present on the first day.
Japan's Minister Takami Nakada, who also attended, announced investment of Japanese companies in UP's agricultural sector.
Shahi said the Prime Minister was committed to doubling the income of farmers through various measures. He said that, the UP government had decided to enhance subsidy to all farmers on farm machines by up to 80%. Earlier, this was on first come, first served basis, leading to long waiting lists.
Besides, the subsidy was restricted to 50%. The event also had international scientists who spoke on waste recycling, trash burning and organic farming.
Governor Ram Naik, who has submitted a report to the President on the measures to be adopted by the state and central governments to achieve the target of doubling farmer income, said it was unique how people from the grassroots farmers to the President were working for the cause.