Farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield: Agri Minister

Farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield: Agri Minister

Submitted by Subeditor on Sat, 2016-01-16 08:20 Ahmadabad (Gujarat):Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday said today's farmers cannot be self reliant only by using old farm techniques, because agriculture inputs are costly that is why it is necessary that our farmers should use low-cost agriculture technology to get more crop yield and increase their income. Inaugurating the AMATHON 2016, a three-day international agriculture trade summit at IIM here, Singh said, "Today's agriculture is not only a source of livelihood, but leading to job or entrepreneurship development. Today's farmers cannot be self reliant only by using old farm techniques, because Agri inputs are costly and in order to use new Agriculture technologies, there is necessity of more investment. That is why, it is necessary that our farmers should use low cost based agriculture technology to get more crop yield and increase their income so that the dreams of our Prime minister 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' can be fulfilled. Full text of Address of Shri Radha Mohan Singh is as follows: "Today, with the entire world, our country is also making various effective efforts in the field of agriculture technology, agriculture trade and enterprise. In view of globalisation, agri-entrepreneurs, scientists and farmers of our country and various departments of Central and State governments are making concerted effort to move forward collaboratively with global fraternity. However, besides formulating a joint strategy, there is a need for discussions, deliberations and coordination to achieve the targets of agriculture development," he said. "Our farmers have accepted the challenge of food production in the country and their mindset has been completely changed after green revolution. There is a continuous rise in pressure in agriculture sector due to constraints like increasing population, climate change, change in food habits, high investment, reducing land holdings and market sensitiveness. India's food security has been strengthened due to significant success in food production and productivity increased in milk production through White Revolution and fish production through 'Blue Revolution'," said Singh. Stating that agriculture is being developed more sustainable occupation and profitable by increasing production, entrepreneurship, cooperativeness and crop innovations, Singh said according to National Sample Survey, approximately 90 percent farmers possess land holdings less than 2 hectare, out of which 42 percent farmers have taken loans from banks and 26 percent are still dependent upon money lenders. "In the present context, due to adverse circumstances such as climate change, increasing cost of inputs, lack of remunerative prices of farm produce, farmers are in distress and rural youths are not taking interest in farming. Farmers are feeling helpless. In this regard, we have introduced new scheme 'Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)' so that rural youth may get attracted towards farming to curb rural migration," he added. Extensive awareness is being created among farmers about agri-business, profitable production systems, new research programmes and schemes of agriculture departments, domestic and global level markets and other stakeholders, he said. "Our Government is committed towards dissemination of agricultural technologies. Large numbers of extension workers of State Agriculture and allied departments working at district level are being trained through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) on practical aspects of improved technologies and are successfully disseminating technologies to the farmers," said Singh "In addition to research," he said, "we have emphasised on technology development and its overall dissemination at field level. With this, we are moving ahead towards the significant progress in production of pulses, fruits, vegetables, milks, fisheries and eggs."(ANI)