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Jan 21, 2020

Growth of farmers will play decisive role in achieving target of strengthening agricultural economy: Agriculture Minister

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar has stressed on the efforts of taking various agriculture related policies to small scale farmers, saying growth of these farmers will play a decisive role in achieving the target of strengthening agricultural economy. Mr Tomar said, due to defective implementation of some policies, small scale farmers lack facilities useful in agri-production.He was speaking at a day-long National Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Agri-Logistics in National Agriculture Market, e-NAM, in New Delhi today. 

The Minister further said, his Ministry is working on bridging the gap and ensuring that small farmers connect with all beneficial policies effectively. Mr Tomar said, doubling income of small scale farmers by 2022 is the first priority.

The Minister admitted that there are several challenges in the logistics as it is a tedious task to take the agri-produce to the final stage. He said, start-up equipped with innovative technology can contribute in strengthening the logistics for agriculture. He also advocated for the digitalization of agri-Logistics platform under e- National Agriculture Market, e- NAM and called upon small farmers to get enrolled in it to reap the benefits. 

Our Correspondent reports that the objective of the workshop is to deliberate upon comprehensive agriculture logistics and innovative solutions to enhance agriculture production in the country. It also aims at moving closer to better price discovery for farmers through a single unified market for agri-produce with the overarching goal of doubling farmers' income.

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