Pawar urges farmers to look for alternative sources of income

February 23rd, 2009 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Citing the shortfall in land available for farming, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Monday urged farmers to look for alternative sources of income.
“You will have to look at secondary source of earning in your family, where one member could be engaged in farming and another could take up jobs. This will make you financially stronger,” Pawar told the farmers, who came to take part in the four-day Annual Krishi Vigyan Mela, organised by the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) here.

He said people engaged in business and industry have grown richer in the past few decades, while the condition of farmers has remained almost unchanged.

Pawar said farmers would get more value for their crops as the market was competitive.

According to him, Indian farmers have not been affected by the global recession as the government is paying good price to them for their crops.

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