INDIA - Underlining the importance of agriculture for the development of the country, Indian agriculture ministry, Radha Mohan Singh has urged the students and scientist community to adopt one village to create awareness among farmers.
Speaking at the function titled ‘Agri@ 8 per cent-Challenges and Way Out’, Singh said there need to create awareness among farmers about best practices in the agriculture sector.
Singh further said that improved soil health, high productive seeds, modern agriculture practces and best practices, effective irrigation facilities, water to every agricultural land, apt marketing facility for agricultural produce are essential points for development of agriculture as a whole.
There are approximately 20,000 scientist and 50,000 students from agriculture, who are graduate or PhD’s of agriculture, Singh stressed.
Mentioning about Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Plan), Singh said that the programme will play a vital role in bringing water to every agricultural land in the country.
Singh also stressed that soil health cards provided to farmers will be a tool to identify the nutritional requirement of the soil and apt laboratory analysis for increasing the agriculture production and productivity and emphasised about organic fertilizer and traditional farming practices during his discussion.
During the event, Singh also said that dairy, horticulture and fishery has potential to generate huge employment for farmers, especially youth.
The indigenous cows have a high tolerance towards the climate change and breeding of indigenous cows is essential for long term perspective of growth and productivity in agriculture output, Singh stressed.
Various discussion points during the programme included efficient system of agricultural production and agricultural productivity, storage and distribution of food products, soil mapping, efficient water management, increasing yield and variety of crops, traditional farming, awareness building among farmers, balanced use of fertilisers, organic farming among a number of perspectives presented at the event.
The function was jointly organised by Indian ministry of agriculture, ministry of food processing industries, department of science & techonlogy, department of biotechnology, Bihar state and NABARD.