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Central govt focusing on farming sector: Union MoS Shobha Karandlaje

India is facing shortage of edible oil and the Centre has plans to produce it locally, says Shobha Karandlaje

Prime News, National, Farmers, Agriculture, Mysuru, August 17:- Facts will always remain facts. When Congress was at the Centre, it had earmarked Rs 27,000 crore for the farming sector. The BJP government has allocated Rs 1,23,000 crore for the farming sector, said Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shobha Karandlaje here on Tuesday (August 17).

Speaking to reporters at the Bharatiya Janata Party office in the city, she said, “Our government is pro-farmer. Food production has seen an all-time record despite the pandemic situation. We are taking marginal farmers into confidence. We have leaders from backward communities as ministers and we also have women. I am the daughter of a poor farmer. I need at least three months to understand my department.”

Karandlaje said, “Earlier governments had sidelined the farming sector, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given impetus to farming. Once we become self-reliant in food production, we want to focus on export. There is a shortage of edible oil in the country. We import around 70% of the edible oil from abroad. We are also focusing on oil production locally. The central government is also focusing on other sectors.”

The minister said, “When the Prime Minister tried to introduce the new ministers to the Parliament, many Opposition leaders tried to disrupt the proceedings. Their behaviour was cheap. The new ministers will be touring their respective States to introduce themselves.”

BJP city president T S Srivatsa and others were present at the presser.

Earlier in the morning, Karandlaje visited  Suttur Mutt at the foot of Chamundi Hills and took blessings from the seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji. Many BJP leaders accompanied her. (MR/KS)

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