Govt may soon prepare a document ‘Vision 2050’ for agri sector
On Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, emphasized the need to increase crop productivity in order to meet domestic requirements and export to global markets. He also mentioned that the government may soon prepare a vision document for the agricultural sector titled ‘Vision 2050.’
Tomar made these remarks while he was inaugurating a summit on farm machinery technology in Delhi. The summit was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Tractor and Mechanization Association (TMA). Tomar credited the substantial increase in agricultural production over the years to the diligent efforts of farmers and scientists, as well as to policies enacted by the government.
However, by the year 2050, the population of the country is expected to have increased, and as a result, there is a requirement to prepare a road map to meet the demand for food grains and other agricultural products.
‘We should not rest on our laurels; rather, we have to prepare a roadmap keeping in view the requirements of the population that will increase by 2050,’ he said, adding that there is also a need to plan for global requirements with India’s growing importance on the global stage.
The minister stated that even though yields in India have been steadily increasing, it is important to evaluate them in light of the productivity in other major producing countries. As a result of the fact that approximately 85 percent of farmers have less than 2 hectares of land, Tomar suggested that technologies such as drones and micro-irrigation be encouraged.
He stated that Kisan drones are being promoted, for which subsidies are being extended to various sections, including farmers, the SC-ST category, and women farmers. He also stated that these subsidies are being made available to various sections.
A crop-specific standard operating procedure (SOP) for the use of drones in the application of pesticides was recently made available by the Center.