VP: Farmers’ development must be top priority

Rajat Kain

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurates Exhibition on Agrovision, in Nagpur on November 10, 2017.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates Exhibition on Agrovision, in Nagpur on November 10, 2017.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a prominent agricultural summit in Nagpur — Agrovision, which stands for a melting pot of farmers, agriculturalists, government departments and other stale holders in Maharashtra. Several farmers from neighbouring states too are expected to participate in the event at Reshmibagh ground in Nagpur.

“It is a matter of great satisfaction to me that you educate the farmers by arranging free workshops on diverse areas of agriculture so that they can improve their living from the farm sector,” Vice President Naidu said while lauding the agricultural initiative.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is also Patron and Chief Organizer of this Agrovision, along with other senior state officials were present at the occasion.

“…this has been an annual feature and lakhs of farmers visit this event and gain knowledge from the exhibition, workshops and conferences organised along with the exhibition of modern technology,” he said after inaugurating the 9th edition of the event.

“We need to have more focus on agriculture and farmers as it is still not organised…From Parliament to Panchayat to even press, we need to focus and hold discussions on agriculture,” he added while addressing the large gathering at the event.

He also stressed on the need to create a value chain involving the producer to consumer so that the profitability of farming shall improve.

“Among the focus areas for farmers, electricity and road connectivity are the most important. Give farmers electricity and connectivity and see the results,” he said.

While talking about the initiatives taken by the government, the Vice President said the government is rightly focusing on infrastructure like rural roads, dependable quality power, godowns, cold storage facilities, refrigerated vans and market yards.

“The kisan credit cards and the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are steps in the right direction and need to be universalised… new initiatives like E-NAM seeks to remedy this situation by adopting an e-trading platform for agricultural produce,” he said.

Calling Agrovision an important step in enhancing awareness and transforming Indian agriculture, the Vice President said he hopes to see more such initiatives in many more states across the country.