Union Ministers discuss steps to develop agro-horticulture sector in Northeast
Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), G Kishan Reddy, and Union Minister of State (MoS) in charge of DoNER BL Verma met the Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, on Friday, to collectively lay down the roadmap for the development of the agro-horticulture sector in the North East Region (NER) states.
“(We) discussed key issues about farmers’ welfare and development of agriculture in the North-East (sic),” Reddy tweeted on Friday. In the meeting, matters such as ways to execute the recently approved National Mission for Edible Oils/Oil Palm in the Northeast and increase the pace of implementation of other central schemes in NER such as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Kisan Credit Card, etc. and designing of suitable schemes within the available budgetary resources we discussed.
For the current financial year 2021-22, the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has a budget allocation of Rs.12242.70 crore.
Tomar observed that the Northeast is a focus area for development and “the ministry has not only designed area-specific interventions but also relaxed conditions of its schemes for better absorption”. He said that outreach meetings are regularly held with the states for identifying their difficulties in taking corrective action.
In the meeting, it was agreed after detailed discussions that a Regional Business Summit in the area of palm oil and organic agriculture could be organised jointly at the earliest. A meeting with the Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of the Northeastern States could also be held to identify the state-specific needs and identify issues with the Central Schemes.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)