Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate and participate in a two-day National Consultation on ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable and Profitable’ in Pune on Thursday. The two-day consultation is being organised in the context of the ongoing debate and efforts at various levels to double farmers’ incomes by 2022.
The brain storming on various issues relating to farm sector will be attended by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, former Agriculture Minister of Andhra Pradesh V. Sobhanadreeswara Rao, veteran farm scientist MS Swaminathan, farm expert and economist Prof. Ashok Gulati, senior central government officials, representatives of farmers unions and other stakeholders.
The Consultation is being organised by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), which is headed by Vice President Naidu, and Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune.
The focus of the consultation will be on on six themes – creating an enabling policy framework, intensifying farming diversification to high value agriculture and supplementation of incomes through allied activities, marketing and agri-logistics, agricultural trade policy, transfer of technology from labs to the land and agricultural credit and insurance.
The deliberations will result in practical recommendations to fine tune existing policies and programmes to enhance farmers’ incomes. The focus will also be on the inherent biases in the existing policy framework.
The event is being organised with the aim to reorient governance and further improve policy and programmes in order to transform farmers’ lives.
There is a need for change in policies to enable farmers to move towards green and sustainable agricultural practices and also address the paradox of rising foodgrain production and per capital incomes.
The National Consultation on farm sector issues is the second in the ‘Swarajya to Surajya’ series of National Consultations initiated by the IIPA at the behest of Vice President Naidu. The first one on ‘Strengthening of Local Self Governments’ was held in March this year in Hyderabad.