Dr Manmohan Singh wants agricultural production to grow four percent annually (Part 1)

June 19th, 2010 - 8:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), June 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Saturday asked the agriculture scientists to work to raise country’s annual agricultural growth rate from two percent to four percent.

Addressing the golden jubilee convocation of the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, here, Dr Singh said: “We must endeavor to raise our agricultural growth rate from around two per cent per annum to four per cent.”

“Our agricultural production should increase at a rate fast enough to ensure food security for our growing population,” he added.

In his address, Dr Singh also underlined the need to work towards increasing farm yields.

“To increase production we must increase our farm yields, because the scope for increasing the area under cultivation and under irrigation is rather limited. Yields must go up particularly in those parts of India where they have lagged behind compared to other parts of the country,” he said.

“Without solid support from agricultural scientists and technologists it would be impossible for us to achieve our production targets,” Dr Singh added.

India commands about 2.3 per cent of the world’s land area and about four per cent of the earth’s fresh water resources, but feeds about 17 per cent of the world’s population.

This puts tremendous pressure on country’s resources and makes the need for newer and better technologies even more critical.

Dr. Singh said if the growth in the country does not benefit farmers then it cannot be truly inclusive growth.

“Equally importantly, growth in our country cannot be truly inclusive if it does not benefit our farmers; especially those who are small and marginal,” he said.

Dr. Singh stressed on the need to increase investment in Agriculture sector.

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