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New Delhi: The Centre on March 25, 2022, said that the farmers’ monthly average income is Rs 10218 in the country.
Giving a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said that as per the 2019 Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), the average monthly income per agricultural household from all sources was estimated to be Rs. 10218.
The Minister also informed the House that the Government has adopted several developmental programmes, schemes, reforms and policies that focus on higher incomes for the farmers.
“All these policies & programmes are being supported by higher budgetary allocations, non-budgetary financial resources such as creating Corpus Funds like Micro Irrigation Fund etc. There have been several reforms to unleash the potential, e.g. Formation and Promotion of 10,000 FPOs along with necessary financial support under Atma Nirbhar Package (Agriculture),” Tomar said.
Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat special attention is being paid to the creation of infrastructure for which Agri Infrastructure Fund (AIF) has been created with a size of Rs. 100,000 crore, he added.
Tomar also said that in the FY 2020-21, a provision of Rs. 116757.92 crore was kept at RE 2020-21stage for various schemes being implemented by the department of Agriculture for the welfare of farmers, out of which an amount of Rs. 108622.51 crore was utilized.
He also said that the adoption of Drone technologies in agriculture has the potential to revolutionize Indian agriculture.
“In order to make Drone technology affordable to the farmers and other stakeholders of this sector, financial assistance @ 100 % cost of drone together with the contingent expenditure is extended to ICAR/SAU/ State governments/ State government Institutions under Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) for its demonstration on the farmer’s fields.”
The Minister said that agriculture being a State Subject; the State Governments take appropriate measures for the development of agriculture in the State.
He added that the Government of India, however, supplements the efforts of States through appropriate policy measures and budgetary support and various schemes/ programmes. (Press Release)