Recently, PM, Narendra Modi pitched for creating digital villages in India as part of developing the rural sector, and ensuring empowerment of farmers. He said that this was essential in order to fulfil the dream of New India.
The plan will start with 500 villages, and then spread to 1000 more villages as part of a chain reaction. He emphasised that the need of the hour is focussing on the growth of the livestock sector and training skilled women folk who play a crucial role in this area.
To initiate balanced development in the country, it is very important to empower farmers in their villages.
PM Modi gave his speech at Golden Jubilee and Foundation Day celebrations of Pune-based Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation.
Talking about digital villages, he said to empower villages, it is important to make the villagers capable of using technology. This can only be done by empowering NGOs.
Villagers should make use of technology for transactions, filling online forms, studies in schools and health services.
He called for revolution in the fishery, honeybee and water sectors to boost farm income while saying that the government’s policy is focusing on reducing input cost.
The government plans to be with the farmers at every step, from sowing to marketing agri-products. They will also be encouraging organic farming and crop diversification while it has distributed over 9 crore soil health cards and linked over 500 mandis with e-NAM (electronic national agriculture market).
Modi also spoke in detail about the livestock sector. He said that close to 40,000 crore is lost due to animal diseases. The only way to tackle this problem is by organising more animal healthcare camps. Women who handle the livestock should be given training in veterinary science and animal feed, who in turn could train the village women for further growth of the sector.
Apart from the above, the agenda also included topics such as organic farming and water revolution.
If steps are implemented properly, we can definitely hope for a better India, if not New India.