The minister said that famers have not been getting the corresponding increase in remuneration. The government is aware of the urgent requirement of strengthening market systems to reduce postharvest losses to enable famers to tide over both situations of bumper production leading to a glut and abrupt price fall and incidences of less production resulting in the availability of meagre surplus.
Mr. Singh said the approach adopted encompasses both adoptions of cost effective production and diversifying agriculture towards growing of high-value crops, agroforestry, rearing of livestock, poultry, fisheries, etc, as well as creating accessible and efficient markets to ensure better price realisation to the farmers through a robust value supply chain. He added that the government empathises with farmers and for that purpose have formulated farmer welfare centric programs and policies, which is equally related to food security and price security.
He said that only through cross-pollination of expertise and innovations and thereafter synergy during implementation of the programs conceived in mission mode, the goal set for the country by Prime Minister of doubling farmers' income by 2022 is achievable.
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