Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has plans to invest more
funds in agriculture sector to improve the productivity with aim to double farmers income by 2022.
He was speaking after participating in the inauguration of National Convention of Farmers organized by Karnataka unit of Bharatiya Krishik Samaj (BKS).
Mr Singh opined that Minimum Support Price (MSP) will never support farmers and it’s not the solution to the farmer problems. “Value addition to agriculture products and encouraging of allied industries like Fisheries, Poultry Farming and Dairy are the only way to improve quality of life of farmers,” he added. He opined that farmers lives can’t improve till the input cost is reduced. There were days when agriculture contribution to the total
GDP was 50 percent which now reduced to 13 per cent despite 55 percent population is depended on this sector. ” Need of the Hour is not just green revolution but evergreen revolution”. Mr Singh claimed that he had advised former Chief Minister and now BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa, when he was the Chief Minister to start offering crop loans to the farmers through Cooperative Societies with 4 percent interest rate and go on reducing it up to Zero Percent. “Some people said there is no future in agriculture and I tell you surprising thing that agriculture would be the sunrise sector in 21st century,” he added.
Earlier, Mr Singh inaugurated Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT center at KLE Hospital. He expressed his satisfaction over the KLE management under the leadership of Dr Prabhakar Kore which has brought positive change in
health scenario in this part of Karnataka.
Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore introduced facilities of the Hospital including Charitable block. The PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) is useful tool in definitive detection of Cancer said Dr Kore. Radio Nuclear Therapy will aid in treatment of hyperthyroidism, liver cancer briefed Dr M V Jali.