Centre working to increase production of oil seeds and pulses, reduce import dependence, says Prime Minister Modi

As part of the series of Budget webinars being conducted by the government, the Prime Minister on Friday talked about the country’s agricultural sector, and the Centre’s efforts to reduce dependence on imports of oil seeds and pulses.

“The government is working on mission mode to increase production of oil seeds and pulses to reduce import dependence,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi also talked of the Union Budget’s focus on agri-tech and creating funding avenues for entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector.

“The number of agri-startups in India has increased from negligible in 2014 to over 3,000 now,” he added.

The Prime Minister also pointed to the co-op movement in the country, calling it a “new revolution” taking place in the sector.

This article has been republished from The Economic Times.