Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday suggested to the central and state governments to increase investments in agriculture and allied sectors to make farming viable and attractive. His remarks came while interacting with scientists and faculty members of MANAGE (National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management) in Hyderabad.
“There is a need to make agriculture sustainable, viable and attractive by creating required infrastructure, providing timely credit and value addition to farm produce,” he said.
Central government’s e-NAM project is the way forward for proper marketing, the Vice President said, adding providing information to farmers on the demand for their produce in advance was essential to prevent distress sale.
“Providing affordable and reasonable credit to farmers is also equally important… loan waiver was not a permanent solution as it would not help in creating long-term sustainable activity,” Vice President Naidu said.
Advising officials to create greater awareness among the farming community on the crop insurance scheme, he said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be leveraged more effectively for the benefit of farmers.
“Institutions like MANAGE to educate the farmers on the need to diversify crops to overcome challenges of climate change and sustain their incomes,” he said.
Pointing to the increasing challenges posed by climate change, he advised MANAGE to promote climate-smart agriculture. He also emphasized on the importance of better coordination between various institutions related to agriculture.
The Vice President urged people to live with nature and promote culture for a better future. Earlier he released a “Handbook on Important Insect Pests and Diseases of Major Crops in India” and also launched Youtube channel of MANAGE.