Sustainable and profitable agriculture is the main challenge, says vice-president Venkaiah Naidu
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was also present on the occasion, said, “Larger investment in the agriculture sector is indispensable. While 50-55 per cent of the people are dependent on agriculture directly or indirectly, it contributes only 10 per cent of the total GDP.”pune Updated: Jun 22, 2018 18:33 IST
Sustainable and profitable agriculture is one of the biggest challenges India is facing currently, said vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu in his inaugural speech at the two-day national consultation on making agriculture sustainable and profitable, organised in the city.
He said, “Agriculture today is at crossroads and is facing many challenges. We need to evolve a multipronged strategy to make agriculture viable, profitable and sustainable. That is the purpose of the consultation.”
He added, “The first step towards sustainable agriculture is the judicious use of scarce resources like water and electricity and protection of soil by avoiding indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The second is to make agriculture more profitable so that existing farmers lead a better quality of life and more young people get attracted to the profession.”
Talking on the elements that need to be strengthened to further improve the state of agriculture in the country, Naidu added, “Firstly, the four ‘I’s, namely irrigation, infrastructure, investment and insurance, need to be strengthened for the development of the farming sector. Lab- to- Land transfer of technologies need to be enhanced. We also need to strengthen our marketing systems and it has now become the need of the hour. Given the small size of land holdings, it is imperative that we enhance our productivity and focus on intensification.”
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was also present on the occasion, said, “Larger investment in the agriculture sector is indispensable. While 50-55 per cent of the people are dependent on agriculture directly or indirectly, it contributes only 10 per cent of the total GDP.”
The state government is consistently working to further improve the condition of the agriculture sector. More investment in the sector will certainly lead to sustainable agriculture, added Fadnavis.
First Published: Jun 22, 2018 18:31 IST