The Co-Chairperson of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Melinda French Gates held a meeting with the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The meeting was held in New Delhi on 5th December, 2022. The Union Minister inaugurated the creation of an integrated “Agriculture Investment Portal” by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
It was stated that traditional farming methods used to run in the agriculture sector in India. However, presently there is a need for investment in the agriculture sector, in view of which the government has initiated many reforms, incorporated technology in agriculture. To ensure the eligible farmers are provided aid with transparency, the Digital Agriculture Mission has also been started in the country.
The Government of India has allocated a special package of over Rs 1.5 lakh crore for agriculture and allied sectors under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Work on these provisions has started, including the Rs. 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
To increase the number of women working in the agriculture sector in India and for their continuous progress, the Union Ministry of Rural Development runs a scheme for the empowerment of women farmers.
The “Krishi Nivesh Portal” (Agriculture Investment Portal) will function as a centralized one stop portal for agri-investors. These investors can avail benefits of various government schemes implemented by various departments related to agriculture and allied sectors.