Modi government has completed multiple years and it will be a great idea to look at their performance. It’s time to focus on agriculture in which 47% of the workforce of the country is employed in the domain of agriculture, according to the Labour Bureau. Agriculture is the base of any country and without the development of this particular domain, the growth of the country is not possible.
In the initial three years of the current dispensation at the Centre, agri-GDP has grown only by 1.7% per annum. However, droughts in the year 2014 and 2015 have influenced this performance. To handle this situation (droughts) in an effective manner, the Modi government has updated the already-present schemes and the result is Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana or PMFBY and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana or PMKSY. Another new scheme has been introduced and it is e-National Agriculture Market or e-NAM. The e-National Agriculture Market scheme has been introduced to connect 585 regulated agri-markets throughout the country. All of these initiatives are really commendable.
It is obvious the situation would not change soon, however, these schemes will accelerate the improvement speed without a doubt. According to some assessment, these aforementioned steps are in the correct direction of the development but the implementation is also important to ensure the success. It’s time to discuss two of the above schemes in detail:
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana or PMKSY has started its journey in the year 2015 to provide the facility of “har khet ko pani”. This particular scheme was launched to enhance the efficiency of water utilization through the mission of “more crop per drop”. However, implementation of PMKSY is dependent on three various departments, such as water resources, agriculture, and rural development. The good news is that a new mission directorate for this particular scheme has been structured under the ministry of water resources.
The government has pointed out 99 projects for fast completion under AIBP or Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme that will irrigate together 76 lakh hectares (ha) after the completion and 23 projects (Priority-I) have been shortlisted for completion by the duration of March 2017 and more projects are also waiting to for their completion.
The domain of micro-irrigation or MI in the scheme of PMKSY has become more successful. More than 8.13 lakh ha happens to be brought under micro-irrigation component. MI can be advanced in high speed, accompanied by much better outcomes with respect to water-utilization efficiency.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)
PMFBY is another worth-mentioning flagship programme, designed by the Modi government. The crop damage analysis system has not been changed in a considerable manner and many states have not become succeeded in procuring smartphones that might be streamlined faster compilation associated with crop cutting experiments. Some of the state governments didn’t ask for cultivation cost to ensure the amount. However, many works still have to be executed in term of implementation.
The growth of any country is directly connected with the development of its agriculture and so new and advanced schemes and initiatives should be continuously taken with their proper implementation.