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Center taking steps to ensure welfare of farmers

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the Narendra Modi government is taking steps to ensure welfare of farmers.

Singh said that during five years before the government came to power, the budget earmarked for agriculture was only Rs 1.21 lakh crore while the present central government has made budget provision of Rs 2.11 lakh crore for agriculture.

"This shows how much the Modi government is committed for the welfare of the farming community," he said speaking at the 3rd Agri Leadership Summit- 2018.

He claimed that the government has initiated income based schemes' which would help the farmers in enhancing their income.

He said that farmers will have first right on the government's exchequer, the present government is working with this aim.

The minister said that in addition to the budget allocated to Agriculture sector, Rs 5,000 crore have been allocated for micro irrigation.

Similarly, the government has created separate Dairy Infrastructure and Development Fund of Rs 10,800 crore and made provision of Rs 7000 crore for promoting pisciculture, he said.

Singh lauded the efforts of Haryana government for setting up three Development Centres for bee farming.

He said that Haryana can supply fresh vegetables, flowers, fruits, milk, fish and other farm products to Delhi.

Singh also appealed the farmers to stop stubble burning in their fields and said that "we consider the earth as our mother, so never set the mother earth on fire, rather, the farmers should plough the stubble in their fields which will help in increasing the fertility of the soil."

A large number of farmers and people engaged in agriculture and allied occupations from across the state witnessed the Agri Leadership Summit on the second day also.