Climate change: Agriculture is central to Indian identity
There can be no long-term food security without sustainable agricultural practices
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar stressed that agriculture has always been central to the Indian identity and as a nation, we can only prosper if our agricultural sector grows.
Agriculture is central to Indian identity
recently, addressing a meeting during the inauguration of CII Agro Tech -2022 in Chandigarh, the vice president said that sustainability and food security go hand in hand. “There can be no long-term food security without sustainable agricultural practices,” he stressed.
Dhankhar, who arrived on his inaugural tour to Chandigarh today after taking over as Vice President, described farming as a tradition and way of life in India. Referring to the advances achieved during the last 75 years in the field of agriculture, he highlighted the need to adapt our agriculture according to new requirements and new challenges in the coming years. “Innovation must become the key driver of agricultural growth and our farmers must be protected against climate change and price fluctuations,” he added.
Emphasizing the need to generate sustainable income for our farmers, the vice president called for a greater focus on food processing and value addition.
Noting that the United Nations has unanimously adopted India’s proposal to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millet, Shri Dhankhar said that in a world facing unprecedented food scarcity, water scarcity and climate shocks, focusing on cultivation millet is a smart solution.
Listing various affirmative steps taken by the government for the welfare of farmers such as PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Soil Health Cards, Fasal Bima Yojana and the KUSUM scheme, the Vice President said that farmers are the backbone of India’s growth; he too should be careful to address your concerns. Calling for ready-made solutions to various problems facing the agricultural sector, he stressed the need to increase synergy between research institutions and industry.