Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday said ‘the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PMKSY)’ will help deal with the menace of drought as more area will be covered under the irrigation scheme.
Speaking at the inaugural session of an agriculture fair at Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agriculture University in Bikaner, the Minister said the government launched the irrigation scheme PMKSY while keeping the water conservation and its management on the priority.
He said that the scheme’s objection is to extend the coverage of irrigation and improving water use efficiency. In future, the scheme would also be beneficial for tackling the issue of drought.
“The government is committed to the village, poor and farmers. The government wants to double the income of farmers by the year 2022 and this will happen when agriculture production will increase and input cost will come down, he said.
Union MoS for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said the university should conduct research on medicinal and desert plants found in the region and make a detailed project report on the research.
The state agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini and others were present during the inaugural ceremony.