Obama interacts with Kanpura villagers of Rajasthan via video conferencing

November 7th, 2010 - 6:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Mumbai, Nov.7 (ANI): Impressed with the vibrant agriculture sector of India, the visiting United States President Barack Obama today reached out to the farmers’ community and entrepreneurs at an exposition in Mumbai, before leaving for New Delhi. He also held interaction with a group of Rajasthani villagers through video conferencing.

Showcasing a large variety of innovative farming technologies, several Indian innovators interacted with Obama at the exposition and exchanged ideas.

The U.S. President looked impressed with the demonstrations of radical technologies, methods, machines and tools, which have revolutionized the Indian agricultural sector in the recent past.

Obama used many of the machines on display during his interaction with the exhibitors.

Demonstrating the high cost-efficiency of the products, the exhibitors also highlighted before the U.S. President that most of the technologies were non-polluting and easy to use.

During his visit, the U.S. President also urged Indian and American entrepreneurs to harness the know-how and technology developed by agriculturalists for mutual benefit.

India’s booming trillion-dollar economy is one of the few a bright spots in a struggling world economy, offering U.S. investors massive opportunities.

According to media reports, the United States and India plan to work together to promote food security in Africa, a part of the world where China has been expanding its presence.

Meanwhile, Obama also interacted with farmers through video conferencing, along with the noted Indian innovator and policymaker, Sam Pitroda.

Villagers in Kanpura village of Rajasthan were chosen for the interaction. They were thrilled after Obama greeted them with Namaste, the traditional Indian style of greeting each other.

The farmers, during the interaction, revealed several practices and methods adopted by them in increasing per hectare yield at minimum cost.

Obama congratulated the agriculturalists and hailed their methods as a ‘model to other nations.’

“I want to congratulate all of you for doing all this terrific work. I look forward to watching this terrific experiment continue to expand through India. You will be a model for countries around the world,” said Obama. (ANI)

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