The Centre has called a two-day national-level conference starting tomorrow to chalk out a strategy for sowing of rabi (winter) crops like wheat and discuss ways to double farmers’ income by 2022.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will inaugurate the conference at Vigyan Bhawan here. “It will take review of kharif crops and discuss with state governments on preparedness for the coming rabi season,” a senior Agriculture Ministry official said.
It will also review the progress of important schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, online agri-market and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY). Eight groups will be formed to discuss each of the schemes with state agriculture officials and stakeholders and see if any improvement need to be made.
The issue on management of drought and drought-proofing of 30 vulnerable districts as well as doubling of farmers income will be discussed in the conference. The main rabi crops are wheat, barley, gram, pulses, linseed and mustard.