India works tirelessly for empowering farmers, women and rural youth, says Tomar

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 12, 2021

Currently, India is the world’s leading producer of a number of food items

Indian government is pursuing a vision of empowering farmers, agricultural women and rural youth by developing new technologies and practices and taking large-scale laboratory-to-ground initiatives, said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday while participating in the sixth meeting of Agriculture Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries.

In a virtual address at the meeting held in Dushanbe , the capital city of Tajikistan, Tomar said that the agriculture sector in India has performed very well during the Covid period -- both in food production as well as exports, and thus contributed to global food security

Reaffirming India’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty and hunger and achieving food security and nutrition, the Minister said bio-fortified varieties are diet rich in micronutrients that can be used to combat malnutrition and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research is engaged in this research.

Tomar said that Indian agriculture has climbed several steps of success. Apart from green revolution, white revolution, and blue revolution, the public distribution system and price support system for farmers are unique in the world. “It is only because of the vision of the policy-makers, the skill of our agricultural scientists and the tireless hard work of the farmers that India has become not just self-reliant in food grains, but also surplus. Currently, India is the world’s leading producer of a number of food items such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and fish,” he said.

Published on August 12, 2021

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