In a bid to tackle persistent issues faced by farmers, President Droupadi Murmu has called for intensified efforts to alleviate poverty and ensure fair prices for agricultural produce. The President's remarks come in the wake of ongoing farmer protests in the Delhi-NCR region, where demands include increased compensation for acquired lands and the enactment of a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
President Murmu, addressing the 62nd convocation of ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), emphasized the crucial role farmers play in shaping the nation's economy. She stated, "Farmers are not only 'annadata' but also 'jeevandata,' contributing to strengthening the country's economy."
The President acknowledged the persistent challenges faced by farmers and underscored the urgency to address issues of poverty and fair pricing. "To ensure they get the right price (for their produce) and improve their livelihood, we need to work even harder in this direction," she remarked.
Expressing confidence in the nation's development, President Murmu envisioned a positive trajectory for farmers, stating that the country aims to become a developed nation by 2047. She urged collective efforts to create a conducive environment for farmers to thrive.
Highlighting the government's commitment to enhancing farmers' income, President Murmu mentioned swift actions taken in promoting new farming methods, expanding irrigation facilities, and implementing schemes like crop insurance, soil health cards, and Kisan Sampada Yojana.
During the convocation, Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda released 30 improved crop varieties and publications by IARI, showcasing a dedication to agricultural advancements. The event, held at the Pusa complex, saw the presence of ICAR Director General Himanshu Pathak and IARI Director and Vice Chancellor A K Singh.
President Murmu's call for action aligns with the ongoing nationwide focus on addressing farmer concerns and ensuring their prosperity. As the nation progresses, the emphasis on innovative agricultural practices and supportive policies remains crucial in shaping a thriving future for the farming community.
Author: Anushka Taraniya
News Writer, MIT ADT University