Prime News, National, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), October 24:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (October 24) said his government is taking initiatives to strengthen the agriculture sector in the country so that farmers do not have to face any trouble.
His statement comes amid opposition to the new farm laws by farmers’ groups and political parties.
Modi was speaking after inaugurating three projects in Gujarat- one each related to agriculture, healthcare and tourism development- via video conference from New Delhi.
“In order to double the farmers’ income and to reduce the production cost and their troubles, we will have to increase our efforts with the changing times,” he said.
“Whether granting freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country or creating thousands of farmer producer organisations, whether completing stalled irrigation projects or improving crop insurance scheme or 100 per cent neem-coating of urea or soil health card…the aim is to strengthen the agriculture sector so that farmers do not have trouble in farming. Initiatives like these are being taken continuously for it,” he said.
He launched the state government’s Kisan Suryoday Yojana (KSY) aimed at providing day-time electricity to the farmers in the state for irrigation and farming purposes.
The PM also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital at the U N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad, developed at a cost of Rs 470 crore by the state’s health and family welfare department.
Besides, he launched the recently-completed ropeway project on Mount Girnar, a major tourist and pilgrim site near Junagadh city in the state. The 2.3-km long ropeway is being touted as the longest temple ropeway in Asia. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)