The Centre rolled out its third tranche of economic measures with 11 announcements on Friday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced 11 measures - of which 8 of them focused on strengthening infrastructure, capacities and building better logistics in Agriculture, Fisheries and animal husbandry, while the rest 3 pertained to governance and administrative reforms. Agricultural reforms included rolling out schemes to finance farming infrastructure, micro food enterprises, fishermen, animal health, dairy infrastructure, herbal cultivation, bee-keeping and food supply chain management. The other three measures included amendment to Essential Commodities Act, Central law for Agriculture marketing reforms and e-trading of agriculture produce.
A finance facility of Rs 1 lakh crore for farm aggregators, FPOs for strengthening the farm gate infrastructure by funding Agriculture Infrastructure Projects, agriculture entrepreneurs and post-harvest management infrastructure.
In a move to strenghten infrastructure in agriculture, financing facility of Rs. 1 lakh crore will be provided for funding Agriculture Infrastructure Projects at farm-gate & aggregation points#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/I6XsQI6EE9— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
The fund for micro food enterprises (MFE) will help 2 lakh MFEs using technical up-gradation, building brands, marketing. A cluster-based approach on a state-basis (Eg: mango in UP, Kesar in J&K, Bamboo shoots in NE, Chilli in Andhra, etc) will be used and the government expects improved health and safety standards, improve incomes and tap into export markets amid improved health consciousness. The focus will be to help the MFEs to become brands and reach the global level.
Aiming to implement PM's vision of ‘Vocal for Local with Global outreach’, a scheme will be launched to help 2 lakh Micro Food Enterprises; Improved health and safety standards, integration with retail markets and improved incomes to be key focus areas#AatmaNirbharDesh pic.twitter.com/nnuXlJdPyp— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Executing the scheme launched in the Budget 2020 immediately, the PM Matsya Sampada Yojana allots Rs 11,000 crore for marine, inland fisheries and agriculture. Rs 9000 crore for infrastructure including fishing harbours, cold chain, markets etc. Govt will lead to additional fish production of 70 lakh tonnes over 5 years and provide 55 lakh people and double exports to Rs 1,00,000 crore. The main focus to be on Islands, Himalayan states, NE & Aspirational districts.
Government to launch Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana for integrated, sustainable, inclusive development of marine and inland fisheries to plug critical gaps in fisheries value chain; move will provide employment to over 55 lakh persons & double exports to Rs 1 lakh crore pic.twitter.com/ZDV2ldSEV2— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Ensuring 100% vaccination of cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat & pig population which will cover 53 crore animals. The programme has an outlay of Rs 13,343 crores since January 2020. Till date, 1.5 crore cows and buffaloes tagged and vaccinated.
National Animal Disease Control Programme has been launched with total outlay of Rs. 13,343 crores for 100% vaccination of cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and pig population in India#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/cbRer9Bccj— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
An Animal Husbandary Infra Fund of Rs. 15000 crore will be set up to support private investment in dairy processing and cattle feed infrastructure. The incentive will be given for establishing plants which export niche (world-class) products.
Government announces an Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund worth Rs. 15,000 crore to support private investment in Dairy Processing, value addition and cattle feed infrastructure#AatmaNirbharDesh pic.twitter.com/zaRgKieUr8— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) has supported 2.25 lakh hectare area for medical plant cultivation. Additional 10,00,000 hectare will be covered with the Rs 4000 crore fund in the next two years. Focusing on Ganga, NMPB will bring the 800-hectare area by developing a corridor of medicinal plants along the banks of Ganga.
To promote Herbal Cultivation in India Government commits Rs 4000 crore; move aims to cover 10 lakh hectare under herbal cultivation in 2 years; corridor of medicinal plants to come up across banks of Ganga#AatmaNirbharDesh pic.twitter.com/9nOywMqG2P— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Beekeeping increases yield & quality of crops, hence govt will implement a Rs 500 crore scheme to aid honey production and wax production, marketing, storage etc. This will increase the income of 2 lakh beekeepers.
Government to implement a scheme for infrastructure development related to Beekeeping; aims to increase income for 2 lakh beekeepers with special thrust on capacity building of women#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/YifQlh39uy— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Operation Greens to be extended from tomatoes, onion and potatoes to all fruits and vegetables. The scheme includes 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets and 50% subsidy on storage including cold storages on a pilot basis for 6 months.
TOP to TOTAL— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
In a major announcement, Government extends Operation Greens from Tomatoes, Onion and Potatoes (TOP) to ALL fruits and vegetables#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/EGRSp9oGqe
The government will amend the Essential Commodities Act which was enacted in 1955 to enable better price realisation for farmers by attracting investments - making agriculture sector competitive. Agriculture food stuff including cereals, edible oils , oilseeds, pulses, onions and potato to be deregulated. Stock limit to be imposed under very exceptional circumstances and no such stock limit shall apply to processors or value chain participant.
Government will amend Essential Commodities Act to enable better price realisation for farmers; Agriculture food stuffs including cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions and potato will be deregulated.#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/qVfoVXVmZl— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Govt will bring agriculture marketing reforms to provide marketing choices to farmers via a Central law to provide:
Government to bring in law to implement agriculture marketing reforms to provide marketing choices to farmers; law will provide adequate choices to farmer to sell produce at attractive price#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/LdnhUGoPZ1— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020
Govt of india will create legal framework that will enable farmers for engaging with processors and aggregators , large retailers , exporters in a transparent way. Risk mitigation for farmers , assured returns and quality standardization shall form integral part of the framework.
To provide assurance to farmer on Agriculture Produce Price and Quality, facilitative legal framework will be created to enable farmers for engaging with processors, aggregators, large retailers, exporters etc. in fair and transparent manner#AatmaNirbharDesh #AatmanirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/OiJQelWvMc— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) May 15, 2020