Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Engaged on empowering farmers, boosting agriculture sector


Ahmedabad, October 24

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government was taking initiatives to strengthen the agriculture sector in the country so that farmers did not have to face any trouble. His statement comes amid opposition to the new farm laws by farmers’ groups and political parties.

Modi inaugurated three projects in Gujarat — one each related to agriculture, healthcare and tourism development — via video-conference from New Delhi.

“In order to double the farmers’ income and to reduce the production cost and their troubles, we will have to increase our efforts with the changing times,” he said.

“Whether granting freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country or creating thousands of farmer producer organisations, whether completing stalled irrigation projects or improving crop insurance scheme or 100 per cent neem-coating of urea or soil health card…the aim is to strengthen the agriculture sector so that farmers do not have trouble in farming. Initiatives like these are being taken continuously for it,” he said.

He launched the state government’s Kisan Suryoday Yojana (KSY) aimed at providing day-time electricity to the farmers in the state for irrigation and farming purposes. The Prime Minister also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital at the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad, developed at a cost of Rs 470 crore by the state’s Health and Family Welfare Department. Besides, he launched the recently-completed ropeway project on Mount Girnar, a major tourist and pilgrim site near Junagadh city in the state. The 2.3-km ropeway is being touted as the longest temple ropeway in Asia.

Modi held the Opposition responsible for the delay in completion of the Girnar ropeway project, which was proposed in 1983. — PTI


Asia’s longest temple ropeway

  • Asia’s longest ropeway on Mount Girnar near Junagadh city, a major pilgrimage site, was also launched.
  • PM Narendra Modi launched ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ aimed at providing day-time electricity to state farmers.
  • He also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital at the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology in Ahmedabad.



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