The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has asked scientists and researchers to regularly interact with farmers and work in a mission mode to double the farmers’ income by 2022 as envisaged by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
He said that doubling of farmers’ income can be achieved through reduction in input cost, value addition and proper marketing of agricultural produce.
He was addressing the gathering on the occasion 10th Convocation address of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar. The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that the allied activities such as Animal husbandry, diary, poultry plays a crucial role in improving the farmers’ income as they support the livelihood of farmers by not only providing the main income but also supplementary income. Animal husbandry provides employment and also manure for crops. There is evidence to show that farming households with some cattle head are able to withstand better the distress caused by extreme weather conditions, he said.
Integrated farming system models should be demonstrated and popularised among farmers. They should also get access to credit on low interest rate from financial institutions and arrangements should be made to provide services and goods, he added.
The Vice President said that there is a need to alleviate poverty in developing countries by producing more and safe food, especially of animal origin, against a shrinking animal genetic diversity and increased global trade. He called on the scientific community should adopt the 4Ts formula and integrate Tradition, Talent, Technology and Trade.
Stressing on the need to reform and streamline our education system, the Vice President asked universities to make youngsters become part of knowledge revolution which is sweeping the world. He has also asked them to make good use of technology and expand the knowledge to students through distance mode by using online courses. He said that people like school dropouts and farmers, can benefit from distance learning.
Quoting Swami Vivekanand, he said ‘We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet’.
The Vice President asked the students to play an active role in making livestock and fisheries sectors profitable through scientific approach and technological innovations.
The Vice President opined that unfortunately our education system is focused not on the creation of knowledge, but on the mass production of an educated workforce. He said that Universities must encourage culture of research and innovative thinking rather than focusing on exam-oriented method to become a knowledge-based economy.