Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation via Facebook Live on Wednesday morning. He spoke about the challenges faced by the farmers and the schemes the government has introduced to make their lives better.

Lauding the efforts of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka, Modi said that the BJP team in the state visited villages and went door to door to understand the needs of the farmers.

Stressing the need for a farm to fork approach, the Prime Minister said that farmers barely make profits and there should be a system to enable them to make more money without relying on the middlemen and lobbyists. “We want to create the kind of governance that understand the specific challenges of farmers and empower them,” he said.

A job for every citizen and water for every farm is the focus of the government, he said, adding that the government intends to stick to the deadline.

He added that farming is time-sensitive and is reliant on weather conditions and if the government initiatives have to work in tandem with Mother Nature and the farmers.

Modi added that his government is not looking to isolate farmers or farming, as they are looking at an integrated and holistic approach to bring this community to the mainstream. This means from the start to the finish, farmers can work seamlessly without having anything to worry about, he said.

Modi added that the government is ready with a plethora of farmer-friendly schemes and financial aid work Rs 11 lakh crore.

He added that farmers are also given a soil health card to determine the health of the soil.

“In this budget, the government has announced a Govardhan plan, the scheme will boost rural sanitation as well as increase the income of farmers and pashupalko from bio-gas in the village as follows,” said Modi.

Empowerment of farmers plays a crucial role in the development of the nation, he added.

He said that under the Congress rule in Karnataka, farmers are suffering as the party had made only promises that they cannot keep. He said that the Congress is using farmers as a vote back without doing anything really meaningful for them.

“If BS Yeddyurappa becomes the chief minister, he would treat farmers well as he has both the experience and the commitment to serve them,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that the government is focusing on micro-irrigation and other innovative irrigation technologies to make sure there is no dearth of water.

By providing abundant water to the field, the party will provide a peace of mind to the farmers of Karnataka, he promised.

The Prime Minister said that the government schemes worth Rs 4,000 crore could easily be made use of in field and farm management and areas like Bidar, Haveri, Belagavi, Gulbarga, and Yadgiri will benefit from these schemes, he said.

Farmer credit card and Blue Revolution

Prime Minister Modi said that the government plans to introduce special credit cards for the farmers, which could be used to purchase livestock and cattle. This credit card will also come in handy for those in coastal areas who are into aquaculture.

He said that the country is also invested in creating a Blue revolution to encourage innovation in fish farming.

Modi also shed light on Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). With the financial assistance of the World Bank, the government initially undertook repair and rehabilitation of about 225 dam projects across the seven states: Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand. However, the number of dams was reduced to 198. This project is scheduled for completion in June.The total project cost is Rs 2100 crore.

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