Nirmala Sitharaman Highlights: Govt strengthens India’s agri, allied sectors supply chain; major export push too

Nirmala Sitharaman Hihjlights: FM has announced some major reforms to strengthen India’s agriculture and allied activities sector. The government has also announced major export push to take kesar, chillies, saffron and other famous Indian food product to the globe.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman Live press conference

FM Nirmala Sitharaman Highlights: After announcing relief for some of the India’s poorer section of the society including migrant workers, street vendors and small farmers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced measures for the agriculture and allied activities such as dairy, animal husbandry and fisheries as the government looks to strengthen agriculture sector. “Indian farmers have always ensured that despite their smallholding, they will give high yields,” she said. During lockdown, the government also took some steps to help India’s dairy co-operatives and procured large amounts from milk farmers. Among major announcements of today, the government has said that it will improve India’s farm infrastructure, and will take India’s turmeric, chillies, makhana and kesar (saffron) across the seven seas. “The government will provide Rs 10,000 crore for food enterprises which are micro in size. This will be a cluster based approach, with which, local value added products can reach global markets,” Finance Minister said. Further, the government has introduced TOP to TOTAL scheme to repair broken supply chains. “This scheme will have 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets; 50% subsidy on storage, including cold storages,” FM said. Agriculture provides employment to nearly 60% of India’s population and earlier in his nationwide address, PM Modi had said that Rs 20 lakh crore package will also focus on India’s farmers who work during every circumstance. The FM’s relief measures follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier announcement that the government is working on a Rs 20 lakh crore package to help various sections of the society tide over the coronavirus crisis.

Source: Financialexpress

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