Commerce and Industry
Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has emphasized the need to focus on
Research, Standards and Aggregation to enhance farmers income.
Interacting with the members of the ICFA(Indian Council of Food and
Agriculture) on the issue of Doubling of Farmers Income through Agro and
Food Trade she said Inter –Ministerial discussions are necessary for
coordination. The Minister said the government is willing to hear
suggestions and respond to all issues pertaining to exports and domestic
Smt. Sitharaman said agricultural research is of paramount importance
,citing example of Tobacco she said till date there has been no research
done to find alternative crop for tobacco farmers. Further she
highlighted the issue of Onion production where again research is needed
to prevent the shortage and glut of production .
The Minister said the issues pertaining to international standards will
be taken up appropriately. She said preserving the interests of the
farmers has to be the core of all discussions in which both the central
and state governments have to come together.