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

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

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.

HT

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind fe­lic­i­tat­ing agri­cul­tural sci­en­tists at the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on agri­cul­ture or­gan­ised by CS Azad Univer­sity for Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy.

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