Felicitating farmers on the occasion of ‘Kisan Diwas’ on Wednesday, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the impact of climate change and rising temperatures will affect farmers first.
He also said that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and growth rate will not improve until the rains occur on time.
He was speaking during the Kisan Samman Diwas, organised at the CM’s official residence to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
“When the effects of climate change appear, farmers will be first to be affected and they will suffer,” Akhilesh said.
He added that the state government will observe the next financial year as ‘Kisan Varsh’ (farmers’ year) as was done in the current financial year.
New facilities and services to help the farmers in terms of technology and irrigation have been started by his government, Akhilesh said.
The government also plans to serve laddoos made with oilseeds in the midday meal at least once in a week.
On the occasion, CM felicitated 41 farmers who increased crop production per hectare and also increased production in the fields of fisheries, animal husbandry and others. He also flagged off 24 government agriculture publicity vehicles.