President tells agriscientists to help farmers get better yield
Kovind says income of peasants can double only if new technologies come up and reach the fields
KANPUR: President Ram Nath Kovind urged on Wednesday India’s agriculture scientists to develop technologies which could ensure good crop production with less use of water.
Reminding them of the crucial role they played in the uplift of the socio-economic status of farmers, Kovind said the technologies should reach the fields so that farmers could reap benefits.
The President was speaking at the inaugural function of the international conference on agriculture ‘Agricon-2018’ at the CS Azad University for Agriculture and Technology in Kanpur.
Insisting that the stress was on increasing the income of farmers, Kovind said government’s policy laid thrust on creating employment ‘on farm’ and ‘non-farm’.
Science was central to achieving this target, he said adding Mahatma Gandhi during freedom struggle had said the farmers were centre point of the Indian life.
He said around 60% of agriculture in India was dependent on monsoon and 13 states kept on facing drought.
“To overcome the challenge, scientists and farmers came together with a path breaking technology of making fertilizer out of crop remnants in Karnal, Haryana,” he said while citing another example where scientists developed two new varieties of mangoes, Amrapali and Mallika, in Delhi.
“They have successfully increased the income of people in tribal belts of Odisha and Jharkhand,” said the President.
“India is a big country and problems of farmers differ in different regions. We need to find different solutions as per the need,” he said while asking the scientists to take the government’s plan of ‘per drop-more crop’ to every farmer.
He said there was a need to link dairy, animal husbandry, fish farming, poultry, horticulture and sericulture with the agriculture for better results.
Apart from mega food processing parks, he said small clusters of food processing units should be established. “This would help the farmers in directly selling the produce at smaller centres to food processing units,” said Kovind.
The President suggested that self-help groups of women should be formed to tell farmers about facilities which could help them and add value to yield.
The President also expressed concern over wholesome food going missing from the plates of an average Indian because of change in the lifestyle.
Governor Ram Naik said global warming was a big challenge and if its dangers were not addressed in time the results would be disastrous. The farmers would face insurmountable difficulties and the scientists should work keeping this in mind, said Naik.
President Ram Nath Kovind felicitating agricultural scientists at the international conference on agriculture organised by CS Azad University for Agriculture and Technology.