Indian Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has appealed to Indian farmers to cultivate different varieties of crops keeping in view the type of farmland to make agriculture a gainful activity.
In a letter to the farmers of the country, Mr Tomar has said that with the onset of monsoon, sowing of crops has also been completed in many places, and is in process in other areas.
The minister encouraged the country’s growers to adopt the best agricultural practices in order to increase production.
Appreciating that farmers in the country have completed their agricultural work with responsibility and dedication even during the difficult time of the lockdown which affected industries and businesses, the Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister has said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the country is dealing effectively with the Coronavirus crisis since the past three months.
The harvesting of rabi crops and selling procedure has been completed without any hindrance. Agricultural production has become the pivot of the country’s economy, the minister added.
In the letter, Mr Tomar wrote a number of good agricultural practices such as best methods of growing paddy, control of weeds, use of biopesticides, organic manure and vermicompost, ridge and furrow method of crop planting, seed treatment of pulses with rhizobium bacteria, balanced use of nitrogenous fertilizers along with potash and phosphorus in accordance with a soil health card, and using best irrigation methods.
Mr Tomar also said that agricultural production can be increased manifold by adopting better crop management practices.
Quoting the slogan given by India’s PM Mr Narendra Modi – “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”, the minister stressed that the PM has visualized a self-reliant India keeping agriculture and villages at the centre-stage.
He also added that farmers are shouldering an immense responsibility of increasing agricultural production not just for their own welfare but for the welfare of the whole country.