Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister inaugurated
the Farmers Meet held at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on 14th October
Farmers to work hand in hand with the
central and state governments
to bring in a new dawn in the country’s economy: Shri.Narendra Singh Tomar
India is one of the global leaders in coconut production and the state of Tamil Nadu occupies a premium position in coconut production. Government of India is implementing several schemes for doubling the farmer’s income, said Shri.Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. He was delivering the inaugural address during the Farmers Meet held at Tamilnadu Agricultural University on 14th October 2022. He called upon the farmers to work hand in hand with the State and Central Governments to bring a new dawn in the country’s economy.
Coimbatore district ranks the top position in area under coconut cultivation in Tamil Nadu and the Minister expressed his happiness in being able to address the farmers from Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He added that even during the COVID pandemic, when all other industries were financially affected, agriculture sector contributed more to the GDP due to the efforts of Hon’ble PM of India, realizing bumper harvests in several crops. Through PM Kisan Samman Nidhi’, PM Phasal Bheema Yojna’ and Sooshma Sinchaee Yojna’ government is extending assistance to farmers. He concluded that 697 coconut producer companies, 73 Coconut Producer Federations and 19 Coconut Producer Companies are functioning in Tamil Nadu to cater to the increasing demand for quality seed materials, nurseries, copra drying yards, coconut oil manufacturing units to improve the livelihood of coconut farmers. The Minister further distributed sanction orders under various welfare schemes to the beneficiaries.
Shri. M. R. K. Paneerselvam, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu in his special address said that the Government of Tamil Nadu is implementing several welfare schemes for the benefit of coconut farmers and a separate budget is allocated for the development of agriculture in the state during 2022-23. He appealed to the Central Government to increase the Minimum Support Price of copra and to procure copra during all seasons.
Shri. Amman K. Arjun, Hon’ble MLA, Coimbatore North, Smt.Vanathi Srinivasan, Hon’ble MLA, Coimbatore South and Shri.Pollachi Jayaraman, Hon’ble MLA, Pollachi also addressed the farmers. Dr. Prabhat Kumar, Horticulture Commissioner, Government of India who spoke on the occasion said that Coconut Development Board is working for culminating the vision of our Honourable Prime Minister for doubling the income of the farmers of the country.
Dr.G. Hemaprabha, Director, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore delivered the welcome address and Dr. V. Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore proposed vote of thanks. The minister also visited the exhibition showcasing coconut products arranged at the venue. Around thousand farmers attended the programme.