Speaking at a press conference, BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said India’s agricultural export market was improving with many restrictions in place earlier now being eased.
India has become the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugar cane, cotton, fruits and vegetables, he said.
As part of its “samajik nyay pakhwada” (social justice fortnight) campaign to highlight the central government’s social measures, the BJP on Sunday focused on the initiatives taken by the Modi government to boost the agricultural sector and farmers’ incomes.
The campaign was organized to mark the 42nd founding day of the party which fell on April 6.
Rudy said food grain production has now reached a record 305 million tonnes from 265 million tonnes in 2013, while horticultural production has reached 321 million tonnes from 280 million tonnes in 2013-2014.
To help farmers, the government has systematically increased the minimum support price, with the MSP for rice and wheat increasing by 43% and 41% respectively since 2014, he said.
After the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power in 2014, the agriculture budget increased sixfold to Rs 1.32 lakh crore in 2022-23 from Rs 21,938 crore in 2013-14 .
The former Union minister also cited programs such as direct cash transfers to farmers and crop insurance to highlight the government’s positive steps.
More than Rs 1.39 lakh crore was transferred to more than 11 crore families while nearly 7.7 crore farmers benefited from the insurance scheme, he said.
Institutional credit to farmers stood at Rs 16.5 lakh crore in 2021-22 compared to Rs 7.3 lakh crore in 2013-14, he said.