The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on Tuesday, called for measures to prevent agro brain drain and attract educated youth to take up farming as a profession. He opined that the future of Indian agriculture lies in the hands of technology-driven farming practices, powered by well- informed and modern-minded farmers.
The Vice President made these remarks while virtually inaugurating the National Dialogue on “Indian Agriculture Towards 2030: Pathways for Enhancing Farmers’ Income, Nutritional Security and Sustainable Food Systems”. Also Read: Excess sugarcane woes: Switching from sugar to ethanol production is the only way out!
Expressing concern over the increasing lack of interest in farming among the educated youth, he said that changing socio-economic milieu, increasing agri-input costs and diminishing returns have turned agriculture into a less preferred profession among the youth. He called for establishing strong lab–farm links and farmer–industry interaction to turn the farmers into ‘agri-entrepreneurs’. Creation of ‘Business Incubation Centres’ would also be a step in the right direction for aspiring farmers in this field, the Vice President added. Also Read: India votes in favor to reclassify cannabis as ‘less dangerous’ and takes small step towards decriminalizing marijuana
Stating that agriculture input costs have gone up significantly, Naidu urged the policymakers and other stakeholders to work towards reducing the input costs. While promoting organic farming, he said that organic farming is beneficial for all—the farmers, the consumers and the environment. He called for making organic agriculture a mass movement not only for a ‘wealthy nation’ but also a ‘healthy nation’.
Terming agriculture as the soul of India, the Vice President said that it is critical not only for our food security but the economy and the livelihood also. “Agriculture is the pillar of India’s ecology, culture and civilisation”, he said.
Meanwhile, Naidu also urged the policymakers to pay special attention to the welfare of women farmers across the country. Also Read: वेस्ट डिकम्पोज़र (waste decomposer) की कहानी बुज़ुर्ग किसान की जुबानी!