Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar asked state governments on Monday to focus on creating a database for their respective states using the Centre’s federated farmer database and allowing linkage to state land record databases.
Speaking virtually at the Chief Ministers’ Conference, he stated that the Ministry has created a database of 5.5 crore farmers, which will be increased to 8 crore farmers by December with the assistance of states.
National Farmer Information System
A national farmer database is being developed using data from existing government schemes such as soil health cards, and the PM Fasal Bima Yojana, with the goal of connecting to state land, records databases.
He emphasized the importance of collaboration between the federal and state governments in order to boost the economy through agriculture.
The Agriculture Minister also stated that the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) will make it easier for Farmer Producer organizations (FPOs), PACS, Mandis, and start-ups to obtain loans. Concerning the Oil Palm Mission, he stated that the India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conducted research on areas where oil palm cultivation can be expanded.
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKSN) and Kisan Credit Card saturation for small and marginal farmers were also discussed. The importance of updating the beneficiary database was emphasized. There was also discussion about agricultural product exports and the role of APEDA in increasing agricultural exports.
According to the official statement, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) will facilitate cluster-centric capacity-building exercises for state officials, FPOs, farmers, start-ups, and others.
Meanwhile, PiyushGoyal, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Food Processing, and Consumer Affairs, and Textiles stated in his address that with an increase in agriculture exports, India is rising up as a trustworthy export partner, and there are still improvements to be made in agri-exports. Goyal emphasized the importance of improving storage and warehousing infrastructure.
The conference will last two days
Chief Ministers and Agriculture Ministers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, and Goa attended the first day of the two-day conference, according to an official statement.