Basis of Prosperity of the Country is Agriculture : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
By embracing the ancient Rishi tradition of farming, we can realize the dream of a healthy and capable India
Food security is a global problem Migration of youngsters from Agriculture needs to be stopped : Chief Minister
Zero investment important for agriculture, farmer and state
For naturally endowed qualities, Cow is revered as Mother
Agriculture is the largest employment generating sector : Chief Minister
After the present government came to power 43 soil test labs opened in nine months
Farmers should connect also to dairy industry along with agriculture
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the prosperity of the country was based on agriculture. He also added that by embracing the ancient Rishi tradition of farming, we can realize the dream of a healthy and capable India.
Terming food security a global crisis, the Chief Minister pointed out how land was shrinking and population growing thus posing a crisis which can be met with use of natural resources for food grain supply.
He also added that villages have to be developed for a developed nation and underlined the need to prevent youngsters from migrating away from agriculture and for this he suggested traditional agriculture needs to turn a new leaf. The Chief Minister made these observations while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a six-day ‘zero investment’ natural agriculture camp at the Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here today.
In his address, Yogi further said that UP was the biggest state dependent on agriculture and expressed hope that the camp would prove to be a boon to widen up farmers. Zero investment was very crucial for agriculture, farmers and the state, he pointed out as through this, the fertility of the soil can be maintained and by following this practice one can, in low investment and lesser use of water, increase the production of their harvest.
In this practice, the Chief Minister mused the cows and its progeny were most crucial and said this was a unique experiment. Pointing out how agriculture was the biggest job creating sector in the country, Yogi said it was upon everyone to save cows and conserve them. For this, he informed, the present government will establish Gau-Abhyaranya in all municipal corporations and the Bundelkhand region.
He also urged the concerned people to educate and make farmers more aware for which, he said, prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi has got soil health cards made for soil testing. Since independence to March, 2017 only 33 soil testing labs had been opened and in just nine months since the present government came to power, 43 soil testing labs have been opened, the Chief Minister informed.
Farmers were getting the benefits of government schemes through DBT, the Chief Minister stated and exhorted the farmers to also connect to the dairy industry along with agriculture. Modern techniques of agriculture while was damaging the fertility of the agricultural land it was also irreversibly harming health of humans, the Chief Minister said. He also cited the example of Punjab, which first embraced modern techniques in farming and are now bearing its brunt.
The Chief Minister also informed how the state government had constituted an anti-land mafia task force which has so far freed 44,000 hectares of land from land sharks and announced that such land would also be used for opening cow centres. Before this, the Chief Minister lit the inaugural lamp and also released a special edition the monthly magazine ‘Lok Samman’.
On this occasion, Padma Shri Subhash Palekar said that real service of humanity can be done by embracing natural farming. He added that to ensure that the coming generations get good and healthy food grains, it was imperative that chemical fertilizers are done away with.
Also present on the occasion were Agriculture Minister Mr. Surya Pratap hahi, Minister of State for Family Welfare Mrs. Swati Singh and many other dignitaries.