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UP sets up panel to double farmers’ income

UP sets up panel to double farmers’ income
November 16
07:18 2017

Yogi Adityanath

LUCKNOW: With an objective to double farmers’ income by 2022, Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a commission – Krishak Samriddhi Aayog – to be headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The orders related to formation of the commission were issued on November 10, with Yogi as Chairman and Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi as Vice Chairman, a senior official said here.

Other members of the commission include Ramesh Chandra, a member of Niti Aayog, UP Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), Dr US Singh of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of Philippines, Prof Sushil Kumar of IIM-Lucknow and nine farmers from the state who have been successful in farming particular crops, the order said.

The commission will help in finding ways and implement them for doubling farmers’ income by 2022, in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcements in various rallies across the country.

It will be focusing on various points, including assessing strengths and weaknesses in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and sericulture, and will also give suggestions in drafting of policies for sustainable and equal agriculture development.

The commission will also look into ways for procuring more farmers’ produce, and suggest for strengthening the system for storage and marketing of crops, the order said.

It will also analyze factors responsible for decline in income in the sector, and study cooperative, contract, collective and corporate farming to accordingly suggest for efficiency and cost effectiveness in the agriculture.-PTI

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