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Sunday, 11 April 2021 7.55 AM IST

Govt working for farmers, says PM Modi, endorses budget provisions

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NEW DELHI: As the farmers continue to protest against the three farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed the provisions taken for the agriculture sector in Budget 2021-22 and reiterated that the government was working for the small and medium-level farmers. PM Modi also said without the small and medium-level farmers, "India cannot grow".

"Without them [small and medium-level farmers], we cannot expect to grow," PM Narendra Modi said, adding that the plan is to connect 1,000 more mandis to e-NAM.

Listing the steps taken for the agriculture sector in the Union Budget, PM Narendra Modi said the government has increased the agriculture credit target to Rs 16.50 lakh crore and infrastructure fund to Rs 40,000 crore. He said the micro-irrigation fund has also been doubled.

"The government has increased agriculture credit target to Rs 16.50 lakh crore - animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries sectors have been given priority. Rural infrastructure fund raised to Rs 40,000 crore. Micro-irrigation fund doubled," PM Narendra Modi said.

PM Narendra Modi also took a dig at the previous governments, saying the food processing revolution should have been done two-three decades ago.

"India of 21st century needs post-harvest or food processing revolution and value addition amid increasing agriculture production. It would have been good for the country had this been done 2-3 decades back," PM Narendra Modi said.

PM Modi said India has to increase the number of agro-industries clusters near the villages so that the people in the village can get employment.

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