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Agri ministry unveils book titled Agri-mechanisation for Make in India
Tuesday, 29 November, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
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The ministry of agriculture unveiled a coffee table book titled Agri-mechanisation for Make in India. The move will reinstate the government’s efforts to boost farm output and rural incomes and achieve the targeted annual growth rate of four per cent.

The book was produced by the Social Responsibility Council (SRC), a Delhi-based non-profit organisation established to create awareness about social responsibility and contribute to the country’s progress, in coordination with the ministry’s department of agriculture and co-operation.

It chronicles India’s progress in mechanisation of the country’s agriculture sector, development of farm technology and vast potential for further investment in this sector.

It was releasing at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Federation House by Radha Mohan Singh, minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare.

He highlighted the efforts being made by his ministry to boost agricultural output and contribute to rising rural incomes.

Explaining the purpose behind the launch of the book, Arun Khurana, founder-director, SRC, said that India was mainly an agricultural country and the farm sector could play a significant role in making the prime minister’s Make in India initiative a major success.

Pointing out that agriculture and its allied sectors were unquestionably the largest livelihood providers in India, Singh said, “Our population is expected to be 1.4 billion by 2020.”

“The increasing population, coupled with growing incomes, will generate increased demand for food grains. Therefore, Indian agriculture has to achieve a higher growth rate targeted at four per cent per annum on a regular basis,” he added.

“In recent years, much emphasis has been given by my ministry on commercialising Indian agriculture, and it is working on strategies to achieve the aforesaid annual growth rate of four per cent,” Singh stated.

“These include focus on potential areas, regionally-differentiated strategies, crop diversification and the scientific management of natural resources,” he added.

The new initiatives taken by the ministry under the guidance of the prime minister, such as the National Food Security Mission and the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, will rejuvenate this sector.

“The experiences of other developing countries have shown that investment in agricultural mechanisation enables farmers to intensify production and improve their quality of life as well as contributing to national and local prosperity,” said Singh.
 
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