In an attempt to fulfil the government’s key agrarian agenda of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a four-point strategy on Tuesday. Amongst the key suggestions was launching a scheme called ‘Startup Agri India’, apart from organising regular hackathons to facilitate innovation in agriculture.
Addressing a two-day conference on ‘Agriculture 2022: Doubling farmers’ income’ organised by the Agriculture Ministry, PM Modi divided the government’s strategy into key pointers: reducing cultivation costs, ensuring profitable prices, processing farm waste and creating non-farm sources of income.
The conference was attended by 300 policy planners, farmers, economists and bankers to suggest ways to increase farmers’ income.
Hackathons To Start-up Agri India: How PM Modi Proposes To Double Farmers’ Income
Apart from proposing to launch a “Start-up Agri India” scheme to support agritech startups working to make the agricultural process more efficient, PM Modi also emphasised on the need to organise ‘hackathons’ in Indian Institutes of Technology for out-of-the-box ideas in agriculture. At the conclave, he went on to give examples of the places where the ideas of hackathons worked in governance.
He attended presentations around seven major themes made by aggregating proposals in the two-day conclave.
“NITI Aayog will collate all the recommendations and coordinate between ministries and decide on priorities. Some recommendations may take time to implement but we will do it,” he said.