New Delhi: The Indian agriculture has made rapid growth in food, fruits, vegetables, dairy and fishery production, remarked the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh while speaking at the inauguration of two-day national level workshop on Peri-Urban Agriculture, organized by the Haryana Agriculture Department.
He further stated that the unprecedented development in agricultural production is setting an example for the world and they are trying to learn our techniques and adopt them. He said, in the last three years, the Ministry has developed innovative schemes, provided necessary funds and made policy-making decisions which had a far-reaching effect on the agriculture sector.
Mr Singh said to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, set by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry is not only working towards increasing the production but also focusing on proper processing techniques, traffic, and market expansion to make agriculture profitable. He said under Peri-Urban Agriculture small and large-scale agricultural production will be done in and around the cities.
Peri-urban agriculture is generally defined as agriculture undertaken in places on the fringes of urban areas. The FAO defines it as agriculture practices within and around cities which compete for resources (land, water, energy, labour) that could also serve other purposes to satisfy the requirements of the urban population. It can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, beekeeping, and horticulture.