Budget Highlights 2020-21 – Agriculture and Rural Economy

  • The government proposed an action plan to boost agriculture and farmers’ welfare.
  • Kisan Rail to be set up by Indian Railways through PPP:
    • To build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables (milk, meat, fish, etc.).
    • Express and Freight trains to have refrigerated coaches.
  • Krishi Udaan to be launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation:
    • Both international and national routes to be covered.
    • North-East and tribal districts to realize the Improved value of Agri-products.
  • Artificial insemination to be increased to 70% from the present 30%.
  • Foot and Mouth Disease, Brucellosis in cattle and Peste des Petits ruminants (PPR) in sheep and goat to be eliminated by 2025.
  • Village Storage Scheme to be run by SHGs to provide farmers a good holding capacity and reduce their logistics cost.

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