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Chief Minister inaugurates UP Agriculture Science Congress
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that the state government was abetting all efforts to encourage and facilitate growth of the agriculture sector and improving the economic conditions of the farmers in the state. He further added that the government was seriously working to extend help to farmers through agriculture mandis in the state.
Besides, efforts were also underway to provide world class facilities to the mandis, Mr. Yadav pointed out. The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day UP Agriculture Science Congress in the state capital. He recalled that he had given directives to his officers to study facilities at mandi system in Europe and other countries and added that to make agriculture more beneficial, efforts were being done to focus more on branding and marketing besides research.
Underlining that the growth of farmers was directly linked to prosperity of the country, Mr. Yadav said it was necessary henceforth that research should always be done in the agriculture sector. Exhorting scientists to commit themselves to improve the lot of the farmers, the chief minister said that the giant strides in the sector had created enough hopes of development in the agriculture sector. Elaborating on the facilities being provided to the farmers in the state, Mr Akhilesh Yadav pointed out that state was producing more rice than Punjab.
It were the efforts of the farmers in the state that the growth rate of Uttar Pradesh was above the national average. He also added that sustained research can prevent ill effects of climate change and global warming on farmers but added that research should also benefit the farmers financially. Deliberating on price rise, Mr. Yadav said this can only be curbed with timely shipment of fruits and vegetables to the mandis from farmers’ end. On the occasion he also launched many magazines and souvenirs. He also handed over a cheque of Rs. 385.71 lakh from Mandi Parishad to the UP Agriculture Research Council for research on 28 subjects and projects.
The event was also addressed by Agriculture Minister Mr. Manoj Pandey and Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Mr. V.N. Garg. Eminent scientist Professor Punjab Singh, in his address, said that 68 per cent of the country’s population depended on agriculture or its subsidiaries. He also said that development was only possible through agriculture. Chairman of UP Agriculture Research Council Mr. Prakash Rai, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Mr. Debashish Panda, DG of UP Agriculture Research Council Prof. Rajendra Kumar and ICAR, New Delhi’s former deputy DG, Mr. MD Pathak also spoke at the event. Also present were Jail Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, advisor of the Agriculture Education and Research Department Mr. Bhola Singh, eminent scientists, teachers and other researchers.