There has to be an interest in farming: Union Minister for Agriculture

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Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj recently called for retention of talent in the agriculture sector.

In the inaugural address of the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020, Tomar stated that the country has many agricultural scientists and specialists graduating from universities each year. He said, “Government can give funds, subsidies & incentives, but there has to be an interest in farming. For this farming has to be made a profitable venture. It should fulfill the country’s needs, its share in GDP & exports should rise”.

Adding further, he mentioned, “Your purpose in career does not end with securing a comfortable job or just remain engaged in education & research, but you must be a successful farmer in your area. Those agriculturists retiring every year should remain involved in farming & inspire others. Farmer must remain alive in you. You may engage in farming in your kitchen garden in your spare time. It will keep you connected with agriculture as a profession”.

Citing an example of PM Modi launching the registration of 10,000 new FPOs for promoting cooperative farming, he proved his point.

He also told that Rs. 6,600 crore have been allocated to provide each farmer producer organisation a sum of Rs. 15 lakh for all farming related activities like sowing, harvesting, distribution & marketing. A Credit Guarantee Fund of Rs.1,500 crore has been created jointly by NCDC & NABARD for this purpose.

Giving further points to how the Government & Agriculture Institutes are doing their but in promoting Agriculture, MoS Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Kailash Choudhary also said that he hopes that a day will come when farmer will no longer be a borrower but become a creditor.

Present at the occasion, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Parshottam Rupala pleaded to host such Farmers’ Fairs in every state. Rupala asked the Agriculture Institutes & scientists to make sure that superior seeds are given to growers at reasonable prices.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra ICAR Director-General stated that a large number of farmers take part in the Kisan Vigyan Mela and purchase superior quality seeds developed by ICAR institutes.