Indian farmers top budget priorities

New Delhi, Mar 5: The government announced that it would allocate 55 billion rupees (Dh3 billion) in the next financial year, which begins next month, to its new crop insurance scheme.

This aims to protect farmers if they suffer losses because of natural disasters, for example.

India will provide incentives to boost the production of pulses, including lentils.

These are a staple of the Indian diet, and finance minister Arun Jaitley announced that 5bn rupees under the national food security mission was being assigned to pulses. Implementation of 89 irrigation projects will be fast-tracked and a long term irrigation fund is to be created.