Reduction of input costs is the first element towards achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

Addressing farmers at the Krishi Unnati Mela, Modi called on all stakeholders including farmers, states and the Centre to work towards doubling farmers’ income.

The Prime Minister said the task is challenging but the country’s future needs to be built on the growth of agriculture and prosperity of its farmers and villages.

He added that the Soil Health Card scheme and the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana are important steps towards reducing input costs for farmers.

“The Prime Minister called for raising farm incomes through diversification in farming activities,” an official statement said.

Along with crop growing, farmers could opt for timber plantation along the edges of fields, it said.

“…diversification in farming activity will reduce the risk associated with agriculture,” the statement said quoting the Prime Minister.