New Delhi, February 1
Aiming to give a digital boost to the agricultural sector, the Union government, in the budget presented today, proposed the provision of high-tech services to farmers in public-private partnership mode and the use of “drones Kisan” for multiple activities.
Even as FM emphasized promoting agricultural diversification through technology adoption in allied sectors, pundits questioned its ‘silence’ on assurance given to farmers by BJP’s top guns to double their income by 22
The government has emphasized diversification through agricultural start-ups and the promotion of natural, chemical-free agriculture across the country, with particular emphasis on 5 km stretches on the banks of the Ganges. in the first phase of the program.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would encourage the use of “Kisan drones” for crop assessment, digitization of land records and spraying insecticides. A fund with mixed capital, raised under a co-investment model, will also be facilitated by NABARD to finance start-ups for agriculture and rural enterprises, relevant to the value chain of agricultural products. .
“The activities of these start-ups will include support for FPOs (agricultural producer organizations), machinery for farmers on farm-level rental and technology development, including IT support,” he said. she stated. Sitharaman said the government would purchase 1,208 lakh tonnes of wheat and paddy from 163 lakh farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) in the current financial year. “About Rs 2.37 lakh crore will be paid directly into farmers’ accounts as MSP,” she said.
As 2023 has been heralded as the International Year of Millet, she said, the government would support post-harvest support to improve domestic consumption of millet products. The finance minister said that to reduce reliance on edible oil imports, a streamlined and comprehensive program to increase domestic oilseed production would be implemented.
However, there was no word in the budget speech on doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022, as key BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had been “assured”. “It’s really disappointing,” agricultural experts said, also pointing to the “reduction” in MSP and other subsidies.
Claiming that all budget expectations had ‘collapsed’, agricultural expert Devinder Sharma said: ‘They should have told us what happened to the assurance of doubling farm incomes by 2022. What about is it legalization of MSP? Instead, the MSP allowance has been reduced from Rs 2.48 lakh crore to 2.37 lakh crore,” he argued.
Professor Sudhir Panwar, an agriculture expert and former member of the Uttar Pradesh Planning Commission, said that after the repeal of the three Farm Bills, the government “seems to have preferred the status quo approach”.
- Rs6,75,000 cr: PM-KISAN
- Rs15,500 cr: Crop insurance
- Rs7,183 cr: Krishonati Yojana
- Rs10,433 cr: Rashtriya Krishi Vikas
- Rs1,500 cr: Market intervention
Land Registry Management Plan
States will be encouraged to adopt a unique land parcel identification number to facilitate computerized records management. The link with the national system of registration of generic documents and the software “One nation, one registration software” will be encouraged.
- Rs1,32,513 cr for Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, an increase of 4.5% over last financial year
- Rs6,407.31 cr for the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy, an increase of 44%
- Rs2,941.99 cr for food processing industries, increased by 2.25 times for next fiscal year
The provisions made for agricultural diversification, the promotion of organic farming, Kisan Drones, irrigation and agronomic research will lead to a paradigm shift in the agricultural sector. — Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture