‘Needs to pro­mote pro­cess­ing sec­tor to im­prove farm­ers’ lot

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab & Haryana - Neeraj Mo­han let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

KAR­NAL: Wassfi Has­san El Srei­hin, sec­re­tary gen­eral of African-asian Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (AARDO), on Satur­day said In­dia is lag­ging be­hind in the pro­cess­ing sec­tor and neesd more fo­cus to im­prove the fi­nan­cial con­di­tion of its farm­ers.

“In­dia has huge pro­duc­tion of land and sea prod­ucts but it is still lag­ging be­hind in the pro­cess­ing sec­tor, which is the ma­jor prob­lem be­hind the poor fi­nan­cial con­di­tion of its farm­ers,” said Srei­hin in an in­ter­ac­tion with Hin­dus­tan Times, on the side­lines of the Golden Ju­bilee In­ter­na­tional Salin­ity Con­fer­ence at ICAR-CSSRI-KAR­NAL.

“There is a need to fo­cus on the grad­ing of prod­ucts to im­prove their qual­ity as it would in­crease the priced to help the farm­ers,” he added.

“No doubt, In­dia is do­ing well in de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral ar­eas but at a very slow pace. The coun­try also needs to spread aware­ness about the farm­ers, in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing man­age­ment, soil man­age­ment and adop­tion of new tech­nolo­gies”, he said when asked about the rea­sons be­hind the poor con­di­tion of In­dian farm­ers.

“No other mem­ber coun­tries of AARDO have the kind of re­search in­sti­tutes In­dia have, but they need to adopt new tech­nolo­gies. The link­age be­tween the re­search in­sti­tutes and farm­ers should be en­hanced,” he said.

He added, ”There is also need to make farm­ers aware of the im­pact of land degra­da­tion, soil salin­ity and wa­ter salin­ity to im­prove their growth. In­dia needs to do more to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture for land and sea prod­ucts, trans­porta­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion along with good agri­cul­ture prac­tices (GAP), he added.

Srei­hin sug­gested that farm­ers con­sider agri­cul­ture as their busi­ness and adopt the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­stead of wait­ing for the gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies.

Re­ply­ing a ques­tion about the in­creas­ing use of fer­tilis­ers and pes­ti­cides, he said, “Aware­ness is very im­por­tant to deal with this prob­lem as this is also harm­ful for the health of soil and peo­ple both.”

SECY GEN­ERAL OF AFRICAN-ASIAN RU­RAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT OR­GAN­I­SA­TION SAYS STEPS NEEDED TO STOP BLA­TANT USE OF FER­TILIS­ERS AND PES­TI­CIDES

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