Bihar plays a key role in agricultural growth: Tomar | Patna News

Patna: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Saturday that by making tremendous progress in agricultural productivity, Bihar has contributed significantly to the country’s agricultural growth.
Opening a two-day national seminar on “Recent Developments in Nutrient Management Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture: Indian Context”, organized by Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour, via video conference, Tomar said that Bihar had developed several varieties of high yielding crops which not only get good financial returns but also contribute to the overall agricultural growth of the country.
The minister pointed out that due to the government’s farmer-friendly policies along with the hard work of farmers and scientists, India is now a prosperous nation in terms of agricultural products. “The country has provided food grains to other countries even in difficult times. Today, India ranks first or second in the world in terms of production of most agricultural products. Agricultural products worth Rs.3.75 lakh crore were exported in a year, which in itself is a record,” he said.
He said the central government had spared no effort to provide income support to farmers. “So far more than Rs 2 lakh crore has been deposited in the bank accounts of 11.5 crore farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. This is the largest farmer support program in the world,” he said.
The Minister added that the Center works closely with state governments to boost agricultural productivity and protect the interests of farmers. “The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is working in close coordination with agricultural universities and other research institutes across the country to bring India to the top of agricultural production,” he said.
Earlier, BAU Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar presented a report highlighting the university’s recent achievements in agricultural research. A souvenir published on the occasion was distributed by the guests. More than 250 scientists, researchers and teachers take part in this two-day seminar.

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