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Farm reforms to help farmers: Modi

 MUMBAI, Oct 13 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government’s “historic” farm reforms will create opportunities to take farmers to entrepreneurship and added his regime is focused on increasing their income.

 Modi was speaking after releasing the autobiography of former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renaming the Pravara Rural Education Society in Ahmednagar district after the Padma Bhushan recipient, via video conferencing.

Terming the farm reforms as historic, the Prime Minister said, “Today, opportunities are being created to take farming and farmers from the role of annadata (food provider) to entrepreneurship.”

Referring to high milk, sugar, and wheat production in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab, Modi said such models of local enterprise will take the country forward.

He said there was a time after Independence when the country did not have sufficient food stock.

“The government’s priority then was to increase food production. So the entire focus was on increasing production. Farmers toiled hard to achieve the objective,” Modi said.

“But the attention of the governments and policies, while being concerned about increasing productivity, did not go towards profitability of farmers,” he said.

“People forgot about income for farmers. But for the first time, this thinking has been changed,” he said and listed steps the Centre has taken for the welfare of farmers.

Modi listed measures taken by his government like implementing and increasing MSP, urea neem coating and better crop insurance for “doing away worries of farmers”.

The Prime Minister also spoke of direct transfer of Rs 1 lakh crore in the bank accounts of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. – PTI

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