Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with farmers through video conferencing in New Delhi on September 28, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 28, 2021, dedicated to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits through video conference.
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur.
On this occasion, he also distributed the Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities and interacted with farmers who use innovative methods, and addressed the gathering.
The Prime Minister said in the last 6-7 years, science and technology are being used on a priority basis to solve the challenges related to agriculture.
Our focus is very high on more nutritious seeds, adapted to new conditions, especially in changing climates, PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister stressed that whenever farmers and agriculture get a safety net, their growth becomes rapid.
He informed that 11 crores Soil Health Cards were issued for the protection of the land.
He also listed the farmer-friendly initiatives of the Government such as campaigns to complete about 100 pending irrigation projects to help farmers, providing new varieties of seeds to farmers to protect crops from diseases, and etc.
He added that along with increasing the MSP, the procurement process was also improved and wheat procurement centres were increased more than three times during the pandemic.
The Prime Minister said by connecting farmers with technology, we have made it easier for them to get help from banks.
“Today farmers are getting weather information in a better way. Recently, more than 2 crore farmers have been given Kisan Credit Cards.”
Prime Minister Modi remarked that due to climate change, new types of pests, new diseases, and epidemics are emerging, because of this, there is a big threat to the health of humans, and livestock and crops are also being affected.
He termed intensive continued research on these aspects as necessary.
PM Modi remarked that when science, government and society work together, results will be better. Such an alliance of farmers and scientists will strengthen the country in dealing with new challenges.
Watch the video of Prime Minister Modi’s Full Speech