Tomar takes over as Minister of Agriculture.

New Delhi, June 1 () Narendra Singh Tomar took over the Ministry of Agriculture on Saturday and said several measures are being taken to empower farmers.

The minister of the Union, Narendra Singh Tomar, today officially took over the welfare of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers, the ministry said in a statement.

Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary also took over Ministers of State in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tomar addressed the media after taking over, and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his dynamic leadership and concern for farmers.

He said that acting on the poll promises that the Modi government at its first Cabinet meeting approved the extension of PM-Kisan's income support plan to all farmers, eliminating the two-hectare roof, and also approved a pension plan for farmers.

A new initiative was also taken to control animal diseases to support farmers.

The minister said the unprecedented pension plan will provide financial support to farmers who work day and night to keep the nation fed.

It is also the first time since Independence that such coverage is expected for farmers.

It is estimated that five small crore and marginal farmers will benefit in the first three years.

In the PM-Kisan scheme, he said that the revised scheme is expected to cover around two crore plus farmers, increasing the coverage of PM-Kisan to around 14.5 million beneficiaries. Tomar urged ministry officials to make a lasting contribution in their respective fields for the growth of agricultural production and the well-being of farmers. SID BAL