Leaving no stone unturned for our farmers: Indian PM Modi

The Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure farmer welfare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while addressing farmers at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation in Ahmedabad.

"We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure farmer welfare. The government has built 60,000 plus Amrit Sarovars across the country. This initiative will not only benefit farmers but will also strengthen the rural economy. Our goal is to provide modern technology and its know-how even to the small farmers of the country," PM Modi said.

"Our focus is to improve the life of small farmers, to increase the scope of animal husbandry, to improve the health of animals, to encourage animal husbandry as well as pisciculture and beekeeping in the village," PM Modi.

He said that the government has provided the farmers with modern seeds to combat climate change.

"For the first time, we have also provided Kisan Credit Card facility to cattle farmers and fish farmers. We have given farmers such modern seeds which can combat climate change," the Prime Minister said during his address at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Speaking on occasion, the Prime Minister hailed the 'Nari Shakti' as the driving force behind the "flourishing dairy sector" in the country.
PM Modi affirmed the government's commitment to stepping up the economic power of women.

"Today we are the largest milk-producing country in the world. Eight crore people are directly associated with India's dairy sector. Our dairy sector has a turnover of Rs 10 lakh crore. It is noteworthy that the driving force behind our flourishing dairy sector is Bharat's Nari Shakti," the Prime Minister said.

"To make India developed, it is necessary to increase the economic power of every woman in India, hence today our government is also working all-round to increase the economic power of women," he said.
The PM said that about 70 per cent of the beneficiaries of the more than Rs 30 lakh crore provided by the government under Mudra Yojana are "sisters and daughters."

During the last 10 years, the number of women associated with the women Self Help Groups (SHGs) has crossed 10 crore!" he added.
"Today, when India is moving ahead with women-led development, this success of India's dairy sector is a great inspiration for it," he said.
The Prime Minister extended wishes to the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation on its golden jubilee saying that "the sapling planted by the villages of Gujarat 50 years back, has become a big banyan tree today." The branches of this tree have now extended across the country as well as the world, he added.

"It's the wonderful synergy of 'Sarkaar' and 'Sehkaar' that Bharat has emerged as the world's largest milk producer. The large scale on which this organisation of small animal farmers is working today is the power of organisation, the power of cooperation," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also lauded the growth of Amul, the Indian multinational cooperative society under GCMMF, saying that it has become a symbol of the strength of India's cattle rearers.


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