‘Government wants to make UP number one state in agriculture’

Vastavam web: The Uttar Pradesh government will work to make the state a leading agriculture producer in the country, a state minister said Thursday. “Though Uttar Pradesh has made a record jump from 18th place last year to third place this year, as per a survey conducted by a top national magazine, I would only be satisfied when the state attains the highest position in the country,” Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said.

Admitting that it is a herculean task to attain the first position, the minister said he was confident that the dream will translate into reality through consistent efforts. The production increased because farmers started investing again as they were free from loan worries, he stated, adding that policies were also simplified.

Subsidy and grants worth Rs 456 crore were transfered through direct benefit transfer for purchase of seed, sprinkler sets, solar pumps, burmi compost and accessories among 22.5 lakh farmers, Shahi said. The government increased coverage under Prime Minister Crop Insurance scheme and provided soil health cards to 2.05 crore farmers, he said. The government also prevented exploitation of farmers by brokers and middlemen by making proper arrangement for purchase of wheat, paddy, pulses, oilseeds etc.