Delivery of advanced technology to farmers a big challenge: agriculture minister

Tremendous challenge being posed on how we should deliver sophisticated technology to the farmers and to their fields, says Radha Mohan Singh

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The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the 81st Annual Conference of Rajmata Vijay Raje Sindhia Agriculture University, Gwalior, in Madhya Pradesh on October 20, 2016.

New Delhi: If we desire to change the destiny of India, we will have to change the rural scenario. The greatest problem we are facing in the present perspective is how we should provide advanced technology and recent inventions to the farmers. This was stated by the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh.

The Agriculture Minister added that the first revolution in agricultural sector erupted in the West based on maximum availability of water. Now we require another revolution which will commence from the East namely India. Mr Singh was speaking today in Indian Soil Science Institute’s 81st Annual Conference at the Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior. The soil scientists from the nook and corner of India are participating in this conference which will be on for three days. The central theme of the conference is “Sustainability of Production in Pulses and More Crops with Low Resources”.

The Union Minister said that the fundamental natural resources in Indian agriculture sector like availability of big holdings as well as water is going to be reduced. Mr Singh further added that the unexpected change in climate triggered low yield in the crops leading to economical loss to the farmers.

Mr Singh said that we are required to reduce the cost of agriculture and balance the use of fertilizers and water. Timely sowing process, solution of pest related disorders and required techniques are to be used. This is the best scientific modus operandi for sustained agriculture. The prominence of rain fed farming, increasing population, unabated use of land, deterioration in natural resources resulting in ecological imbalance is leading to the decreasing agricultural production. He said that we will have to find out cost affective innovative environment friendly situation for durable farming.

The Agriculture Minister laid the foundation of Unified Apiculture Development Centre in Agriculture Science Centre, Morena. Mr Singh said that apiculture is a good source of income for agricultural labourers as well as farmers. This is very much conducive in increasing the income of farmers. The Union Minister further said that apiculture does not require any sophisticated technology, capital in abundance as well as any systematic infrastructure on the other hand it gives more margin.

Union Minister also inaugurated a Farmers Fair cum Demonstration as well as Apiculture Awareness Programme in Zonal Agriculture Research Centre, Morena under Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior. On this occasion, Mr Singh also inaugurated the Agriculture Technical Information Centre. He also said that the State of Madhya Pradesh is enjoying a prominent status related to the agricultural sector compared to the national average development. During the course of the last years the enhancement of farmers income has been 18.95 to 25 percent by dint of the labour of the farmers.