India needs homegrown food security strategy: VP

RSTV Bureau

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu said that increased production and efficient distribution of food grains can move our country forward to achieve the goal of zero hunger and adequate nutrition for all.

“Timely credit facilities at reasonable interest rates & farmer-friendly insurance policies are important for the betterment of Agriculture,” he said while delivering the 49th Convocational Address at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu delivering the 49th Convocational Address at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu delivering the 49th Convocational Address at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

The Vice President said that India is the world’s largest producer of milk, pulses and jute, and ranks as the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, vegetables, fruit and cotton. He further said that the growing needs of our country’s increasing population require us to evolve our own homegrown food security strategy.

“The growing needs of our country’s increasing population require us to evolve our own homegrown food security strategy. Increased production and efficient distribution of food grains can move our country to achieve zero hunger and adequate nutrition for all,” he said.

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu delivering the 49th Convocational Address at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu delivering the 49th Convocational Address at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

The Vice President suggested that first we have to provide an end-to-end (E2E) ecosystem comprising of “4-I s” namely ‘Irrigation’, ‘Infrastructure’, ‘Investment credit’ and ‘Insurance’. The second is Lab-to-Land (L2L) transfer of technology, he added.

“We have to provide an end-to-end (E2E) ecosystem comprising of “4-I s”-‘Irrigation’, ‘Infrastructure’, ‘Investment credit’ & ‘Insurance’, ” Naidu said.

Naidu added that infrastructural improvements in rural roads, dependable quality power, godowns, cold storage facilities, refrigerated vans and market yards are an essential prerequisite for improving the efficiency of the agricultural sector. Timely credit facilities at reasonable interest rates and farmer-friendly insurance policies are important building blocks of a robust ecosystem for Agriculture, he added.