The Union Budget’s enhanced focus on strengthening the agriculture sector and building the rural economy was extremely encouraging.
The FM announced several initiatives that will give a fillip to the agri sector. These include plans to promote farmer welfare and the quality and yield of farm produce, setting up a long-term irrigation fund and creating a favorable tax structure for farmer-producer organisations.
Other heartening measures include enhanced budgets for cluster-based horticulture development & organic farming, doubling the funds for the food processing sector, setting up over 40 state-of-the-art Mega Food Parks, and Kissan Credit Cards.
Overall this is a pro farmer budget for the agri sector and will certainly help in realising the FM’s goal of doubling farm income by 2022. I am sure Operation Green will be as successful as Operation Flood was for the dairy sector.