New Delhi: The Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that linkage of rivers will help farmers of the country to grow more crops and increase their earnings which in turn will contribute towards the progress of the nation. He was speaking at an event to present 13th Dr I V Subbarao Rythu Nestham Awards 2017, in Atkur, Andhra Pradesh.
The Vice President said that the governments have been considering inter-linking of rivers for decades, but because of certain hurdles the plan did not get materialized. He further said that by making small dams, Gujarat has shown how to preserve rainwater that reaches the farms. He suggested that the Center and the States should come out with a comprehensive policy on making agriculture a viable activity. States should work on farmer-centric initiatives to increase farm income from agriculture, he added.
Mr Venkaiah Naidu expressed his concern over the agriculture that may soon become extinct as the farmers are averse to undertake farming due to losses, and he suggested that the Government should make agriculture viable to the farmers by providing basic infrastructure facilities. Though the Swaminathan Committee had suggested some recommendations on how to make agriculture viable, only a few recommendations were implemented so far, he added.
He called upon the scientists to come out with innovative ideas to make agriculture a viable sector.