Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that innovative practices must come into farm sector to make it sustainable and profitable. Addressing the Golden Jubilee year celebration programme of Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat on Tuesday he urged the farmers to diversify and take up allied activities like poultry, dairy and fisheries.
“India needs to respond effectively to the changing needs of our farm sector for a sustained food security. Contemporary realities like climate change, fatigued soil health, diminishing water resources and endangered bio-diversity are affecting the farm sector,” he said.
He also noted that achieving self sufficiency in the pulses and oilseed sector is challenge before the country.
“I am sure that with the dedication demonstrated by our agriculturists and the cutting edge research being conducted in our laboratories, we will achieve self sufficiency even in these two crops soon,” the Vice President said.
Stressing that fewer people than earlier are now opting for agriculture, he said farming profession is becoming increasingly uneconomical and, therefore, unattractive.
“We need highly skilled and motivated human resources, persons who will think out of box and institutions that will foster innovation,” he said.
The Vice President also called on scientists and governments to encourage farmers to diversify and take up allied activities like poultry, dairy and fisheries adding that increase only production may not encourage people to join farming.
“That there a big unmet demand for dairy and meat products in the entire north eastern region and there is a need to turn this challenge into an opportunity,” Vice President Naidu said.
Vice president said that farmers who toil on the farms should be empowered with knowledge, financial credit, warehousing and insurance facilities. We need to re-think and revitalize agricultural education and research, he said.