Seeing the role of farmers in the emergence of India as an exporter of key agricultural and allied products, President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday termed them “bold in embracing risk and converting risk into opportunity”. At the same duration, the President also gave a call to all stakeholders and “large-hearted farmers” to come up with a solution to stubble burning.
While inaugurating Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s four-day biennial agro technology and business fair in Chandigarh, the President stated that the Indian farmer has proven to be remarkably adaptable – unafraid of innovation, new techniques, and scientific inputs. “As an outcome, India has emerged as an exporter of key agricultural and allied products such as rice, marine products, fruits, vegetables, and even flowers. Our farmers supply commercial crops like cotton to the rest of the world.”
Addressing the issue of pollution due to stubble burning, the President said that the farmers of Punjab and Haryana are a matter of pride for our country. “They have never shied away from challenge and responsibility towards the wider society. Today we are facing challenges related to disposal of crop residue and safe and clean removal of husk or stubble. In an extreme form, the burning of such items is leading to pollution that affects even little children. It is for all of us, including the state governments, the skilled and large-hearted farmers, and other stakeholders, to come up with a solution. And no doubt technology will help us find a solution,” he further said.
The President added that Indian agriculture requirement a renewal of its marriage with contemporary technology, protection against climate change, price fluctuations and demand shocks, sustained investment and partnership with business. “Together these will improve agricultural value and competitiveness, as well as lead to better income.”
Earlier, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated that schemes like Mega Food Park, Cold Chain, and Mini Food Park have been implemented by her ministry.
While praising the tasks being done in the field of agriculture under the leadership of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh said that the state has done a great work in the area of agribusiness.
Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, Punjab Governor V P Badnore and Khattar were among those came on the occasion.