New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare.
The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering of farmers at Vigyan Bhawan here. The occasion was the launch of DD Kisan, Doordarshan’s channel dedicated exclusively to farmers.
The Prime Minister called for making the “Tehsil” the unit of agricultural planning and development and said if the country has to move forward, villages must progress, and if villages are to progress, then it is essential for agriculture to progress.
Modi said there was a time when agriculture was the most preferred of professions, but over a period of time, its attractiveness has declined to rock bottom. He added that with the right incentives and actions, this trend could be completely reversed.
The Prime Minister recalled hos former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastrihad inspired farmers to make the country self-sufficient in terms of foodgrain production. He said the same inspiration and spirit was needed once again, so that the nation could self-sufficient in the production of pulses and oilseeds.
The Prime Minister said the DD Kisan channel should keep the farmers informed about the changes in weather and global markets so that they can plan and take correct decisions at the right time.