“To expand water and land resources for agriculture in the country, over 14 crore farmers will be having their own soil health cards in the next three years”, said Minister for Agriculture Mr. Radha Mohan Singh while inaugurating 7th Agricultural Summit organised by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Soil Health Card (SHC) will be a tool to identify the nutritional requirement of the soil and apt laboratory analysis for increasing the agriculture production and productivity.
Mentioning Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Mr. Singh said that the programme will play a vital role in bringing water to every agricultural land in the country.
He further said, the next Green Revolution is possible in seven northern States. He pointed about e-Marketing of agriculture products especially horticulture produce like lichi, mango, gauva and emphasised that horticulture, dairy and fishery has potential to generate huge employment for farmers, especially youth. He also mentioned that government has made initiatives for development of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries sector.
Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK, President, ASSOCHAM said, “Despite satisfactory production levels achieved in the last few years, the agriculture sector faces several challenges in further enhancing yield levels, reducing wastages, developing infrastructure and efficiently managing the agri value chain. These can be addressed through appropriate and sustainable practices and technologies, rationalized subsidy regime, enabling policy initiatives, innovative organizational structures, adequate infrastructure development and farm-focused R&D, thereby ensuring overall food and nutritional security for the nation.”
Mr Anil B. Jain, Chairman, Agriculture & Food Security Council said, about 8 percent growth in agriculture is needed and feasible and if achieved will result in prosperous rural India and much stronger in India.