Mumbai: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday praised the central government for various reforms in the agriculture sector and making it beneficial for farmers.
He said that after “extensive deliberations” seven months ago three agricultural bills (now laws) were passed in Parliament.
Kovind, in his address to the joint sitting of the two houses of parliament, said that the government has decided to give a minimum support price of one and a half times more than the cost, following the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
“In the last six years, the government has attempted a positive change in every system of agriculture from seed to market, so that Indian agriculture can become modern and agriculture can also expand. My government had also decided to give MSP one-and-a-half times more than the cost, following the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. Today my government is not only purchasing record quantities on MSP but also increasing the number of procurement centres,” he said.
Kovind said, Seven months ago, after “extensive deliberations”, Parliament passed three important agricultural reforms – the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Bill, Agriculture (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Compromise Bill, and Essential Commodities Amendment Bill.”
“These agricultural reforms immediately started benefiting more than 10 crore, small farmers. Many political parties had fully supported these reforms from time to time only after small farmers realized these benefits. Currently, these the implementation of these laws has been postponed by the country’s highest court. My government will respect and follow the Supreme Court’s decision in full respect,” he added.
President said his government wants to make it clear that there was no curtailment in the rights and facilities to farmers before the formation of the three farm laws, “in fact with these new agricultural reforms the government has provided new facilities and rights to farmers.”
My Govt would like to clarify that the rights and facilities that were available before the formation of the three #FarmLaws have not been cut short, in fact with these new agricultural reforms the Govt has provided new facilities & rights to farmers: President Ram Nath Kovind pic.twitter.com/8kahbzCGeF
— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2021
The President said that it is the need of the hour that special attention is paid to those small and marginal farmers who have only one or two hectares of land in agriculture.
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