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In a video conference with the state chief ministers, Tomar asked state governments to create a database for the state using the federated farmer database prepared by the central government and allow linkage to the state land record database.
The Centre will increase the farmer database from the present 5.5 crores to eight crores by December this year with the support of states, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.
In a video conference with the state chief ministers, Tomar asked state governments to make a database for the state using the federated farmer database prepared by the central government and permit linkage to the state land record database.
"The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has created a database of 5.5 crore farmers and it'll be increased to eight crore farmers by December 2021 with the assistance of state governments," a politician statement quoted Tomar saying within the conference.
Noting that agriculture has got to be linked with digital technology, research project and knowledge, the minister emphasised that both the Centre and states must work together for agriculture to offer a lift to the economy.
He also said with the establishment of the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), Mandis and start-ups will get loans easily.
In the conference, digital agriculture and the of emerging technology for smart agriculture was discussed and therefore the concept of farmers' database was explained.
According to the statement, a national farmer database is being created by taking data from existing schemes like PM-KISAN, soil health card and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The database will have connectivity to the state land records database.
Stating that there's a rise in farm exports, Union Food and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said, "India is emerging as a trusted export partner and there's further scope for improvement of agri-exports."
He emphasised that the infrastructure must be strengthened for storage and warehousing.
The objectives of the conference were to spotlight the salient features of "Atmanirbhar Krishi" (self-reliant agriculture sector) and to enable states to reinforce farmers' income. it had been also an event to share innovative initiatives undertaken by the states.
The discussion with the states centred round the Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund found out to drive infrastructure investment.
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The recent modifications within the scheme were explained – the eligibility has been extended to APMCs, state agencies, national and state federations of cooperatives, FPOs and self help groups.
The eligible activities were explained like community farming, assets, post-harvest management projects and first processing.
In the conference, the necessity to form India self-reliant in edible oils and palms was stressed and therefore the role of the states was discussed.
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) and therefore the saturation of Kisan mastercard for little and marginal farmers was also discussed. Upgradation of the beneficiary database was emphasised.
There was discussion on export of agriculture products and therefore the role of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) in increasing agriculture exports.
The states were told that APEDA will facilitate cluster centric capacity building exercises for state officials, FPOs, farmers, start-ups, etc.
The first day of the two-day conference saw the participation of Chief Ministers and Agriculture Ministers of States like Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Goa.
Two junior Agriculture Ministers Kailash Choudhary and Shobha Karandlaje, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey were among other senior officials present at the conference.