SME Times News Bureau | 23 Jun, 2018
President M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday said that making agriculture
sustainable and profitable should top the agenda of both central and
state governments as food security is the key foundation of national
the concluding session of the two-day National Consultation on
Agriculture at Vaikunth Mehta National Cooperative Institute of
said that a multi-pronged strategy needs to be adopted to make
agriculture viable and ensure that the interests of the farmers are
Vice President said that the recommendations of the two-day
deliberations on six themes will be shared with a wider audience and
key stake holders including the union and the state governments and
further said that the outcomes of the national consultation along
with inputs received from the wider cross section of people will be
placed before the nation.
is expected to generate informed debate on critical issues in this
sector and lead to tangible action touching the lives of farmers
across the country, he added.
his concern that the system was in favour of the articulate and
organised urban sector, the Vice President said that the time has
come for a sharper focus on rural, agrarian population and a positive
bias towards farmers.
of both farmers and consumers need to be balanced, he added.
"We have become self sufficient in food grains. However,
this has not translated into higher incomes for the farmers. Unless
agriculture is made profitable, we cannot attract more people,
especially youth, to take up farming," Naidu
Vice President said that farmers have contributed immensely in
transforming our nation into an exporter of food grains and we owe a
lot to them. He further said that food security is central to
national security and our kisans are continuously ensuring it.
That's why our nation salutes the farmers and says 'Jai
Kisan!', he added.