Exhorting women to participate in farming related activities, Himachal Pradesh governor Acharya Dev Vrat on Sunday said they (women) could bring revolution in agricultural sector as they had excelled in all fields and were hard working.
He was speaking at the 13th convocation of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Palampur on Sunday.
The governor awarded 212 degrees to the students, out of which five were doctorate, 65 master and 142 graduate degrees.
He urged the girls to take up studies related to agriculture in universities and equip themselves with knowledge regarding farming activities and specialised techniques for effectively contributing towards the sector.
Urging the farmers to adopt traditional and organic farming to enhance the quality of their produce, the governor said organic food led to healthy living. “Use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers in farming, not only dilutes the health content in crops, but also affects the fertility of the soil,” the governor said.
Vrat called upon the scientists of the university to hold camps across the state to educate the farming community about organic and traditional farming and added that special awareness should be generated for adopting zero-budgeting for improving the existing agriculture practices in the state. He also asked the scientists to conduct intensive research and develop new techniques, besides improving the existing ones, especially in organic farming.
“Research conducted in laboratories should reach the fields and farmers and efforts should be made to preserve indigenous crop species,” Vrat said, adding that youth were the assets of the country and should contribute towards nation building activities.
“A nation can only develop when youth are focused, disciplined and growth oriented,” Vrat said. He also planted a rudraksh sapling on the occasion.
Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker BBL Butail congratulated the degree recipients and called upon them to work dedicatedly for strengthening the state and put their knowledge for improving the farming activities.
He said 70% employment was being generated through agriculture horticulture and animal husbandry sectors, which were also contributing 14% towards the state’s GDP.
HPAU vice-chancellor KK Katoch welcomed the governor and detailed him about the activities of the university in past one year. Members of senate, board of management, academic council, faculty members, university staff and parents of the degree recipients attended the convocation.