Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday that the use of chemicals and fertilizers had helped India increase the production of food grains, but there was a need to control the excessive use of crop nutrients and pesticides. Addressing the 10th conference on agrochemistry organized by the FICCI, he said that it is necessary to promote organic and natural agriculture as well as chemical agriculture to maintain a good balance. Tomar pointed out that the government is making efforts to increase farmers’ incomes through the launch of various programs such as PM-KISAN and Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
He said the government has brought in three new farm laws to give farmers the freedom to market their products.
Tomar said the Center transferred Rs 1.58 lakh crore funds directly to the bank accounts of 11.37 crore farmers through the PM-KISAN program, under which Rs 6,000 are provided to farmers each year in three installments. equal.
To double farmers’ incomes, he said, the government has taken several steps over the past seven years to make farming profitable. It also works to attract the younger generation to the agricultural sector.
Speaking on agrochemicals, the minister said there should be no overdependence on one type of agriculture and called for maintaining the balance through the promotion of all types of agriculture, including the organic and natural agriculture.
He said the use of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides has helped the country produce a surplus of food grains. However, Tomar said the excessive use of chemicals should be controlled in the agricultural sector. Speaking at the event, Ram Gopal Agarwal, chairman of the FICCI-Committee on Crop Protection, and chairman of the Dhanuka group, called for a reform of the registration and licensing system.
He said that the consumption of pesticides in India is very low compared to China and the United States. Agarwal also demanded a crackdown on the sale of counterfeit, spurious and substandard pesticides on the market, causing huge losses to farmers.
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