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Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Calls for Timely Supply of Inputs for Kharif Season 2024

Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for the timely supply of fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides to ensure a successful Kharif season 2024.

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Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Calls for Timely Supply of Inputs for Kharif Season 2024 (Image Source: Shivraj Singh Chouhan/Fb)
Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Calls for Timely Supply of Inputs for Kharif Season 2024 (Image Source: Shivraj Singh Chouhan/Fb)

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Rural Development, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, highlighted the critical need for the timely availability of fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides as preparations for the Kharif season 2024 are underway. During a review meeting held at Krishi Bhawan, Chouhan directed officials from various departments to ensure the efficient distribution and high-quality supply of these essential inputs. He highlighted that any delays in the supply chain could adversely impact sowing and overall crop production, urging for proactive measures to prevent such bottlenecks.

The meeting, attended by senior officials, including Secretary of the Department for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Manoj Ahuja, focused on evaluating the readiness for the upcoming Kharif season. Chouhan expressed optimism about the above-normal prediction for the Southwest monsoon this year, as reported by the Indian Meteorological Department. Presentations were made by representatives from the Department of Fertilizers and the Central Water Commission, detailing their preparedness plans.

In addition to addressing supply chain issues, Chouhan reviewed the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), advocating for increased farm mechanization to boost agricultural productivity. He underscored the importance of aligning agricultural education with practical farming applications, ensuring that graduates in agricultural sciences directly contribute to farming practices.

Chouhan also stressed the need for comprehensive discussions to enhance the effectiveness of Kisan Vikas Kendras (KVKs), aiming to extend their benefits to every farmer across the country. He called for the adoption of advanced technological practices to revolutionize the agriculture sector and urged scientists to focus on improving productivity and developing new crop breeds. Furthermore, he emphasized simplifying natural farming practices to encourage wider adoption among farmers.

Secretary DARE and Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Himanshu Pathak, briefed the minister on ICAR's activities and the 100-day plan. This plan includes the development of 100 new crop varieties and the certification of 100 new technologies, showcasing ICAR’s commitment to advancing agricultural research and innovation.

The review meetings also saw the participation of Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Ramnath Thakur and Bhagirath Choudhary, who contributed to the discussions on enhancing the agricultural landscape in India.

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