According to MJ Khan, Chairman of India Council of Food & Agriculture pre-harvest should be a State subject and post-harvest should be a Centre subject.
MJ Khan, Chairman of India Council of Food & Agriculture said the Budget will be strongly oriented towards agriculture partly because of Prime Minister’s vision of double farmers’ income by 2022 and also because of the distress witnessed in the rural regions on account of price fluctuations, no market etc. So, first priority is to help farmers with marketing.
The government may look at expanding e-NAM (national agriculture market) but beyond that there needs to be efforts taken towards allocation of farm marketing and branding and for this start-ups will have to be given major push, he said.
Second point would be to ensure that farmers get higher productivity and for that roll out of seed and breed is very important. On that account of there are 50,000 seed villages created in the country then farmers will get quality seed and they themselves can get into see production process and make money.
Third would be technological support to farmers by strengthening specialized agricultural universities but funds need to be made available them for these Universities for research. Around Rs 100 crore for each of the Universities was proposed, said Khan.Another important point in the wish list for the agriculture sector by Khan is that pre-harvest should be a State subject and post-harvest should be a Centre subject