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We need to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to make agriculture viable & profitable: Venkaiah


Hyderabad, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that we need to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to make agriculture viable and profitable and the farm income must be supplemented by non-farm occupations and value addition through food processing. Addressing scientists, farm experts and armers at the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), here on Tuesday, Mr Naidu observed that agriculture was the backbone of our economy. Unless this sector performs well consistently, the trajectory of the country’s progress will not be smooth”. The Vice President further said that change is required in Agriculture as there is a change in climate, change in market conditions, change in world order and change in food habits. Allied services like fisheries, poultry, horticulture, food processing and packaging need to promoted to improve farmers’ income, he added. He said that the need of the hour is to make agriculture profitable and sustainable with consistent increase in its growth rate. All the stakeholders involved in agriculture must come to the rescue of the Annadata or else we will be failing in our moral duty, he added. Mr Venkaiah said that vagaries of weather - from high intensity rainfall events to prolonged dry spells have drastically impacted agriculture. He further said that hailstorms, heat waves and perennial droughts are some of the causes for agrarian distress. The uncertainties are driving farmers’ into debt traps and also leading to their suicides, he added.

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