Dr Manmohan Singh wants agricultural production to grow four percent annually (Part 2)

June 19th, 2010 - 8:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh (Cont.)

“Investment in the agricultural sector needs to increase, a larger area needs to be covered under irrigation, agricultural markets need to be reformed and farmers need to be provided remunerative prices for their produce and better quality seeds and inputs,” he said.

He also underlined the need to build gap between research lab and farmer’s land and asked to initiate actions to reach benefits of research to farmers as the earliest.

“Agricultural extension is another area which needs urgent attention, particularly from the state governments. It is often perceived to be the weakest link in the chain of transfer of technology from the research lab to the farmer’s land,” Dr Singh said.

“We must innovate on extension models and specifically integrate the needs of farm households so that the farmers get the latest information about an array of technologies,” he added.

Dr Singh asked the Agricultural Universities and Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to come forward and develop successful Public Private Partnership (PPP) models in extension of agri-related services.

During the convocation the University conferred the Honorary Doctorate to Dr Singh.

The Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology was set up in 1960 on the recommendations of the First Education Commission, led by Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

Over the last 50 years it has made significant contributions in the development of the agriculture sector in our country in a variety of ways. It played a major role in promoting the Green Revolution. (ANI)

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