Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releasing the book 'Palleku Pattabhishekam'. (Photo/ANI)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releasing the book 'Palleku Pattabhishekam'. (Photo/ANI)

Villages should not be seen as mere 'factories supplying food to cities': VP Naidu

ANI | Updated: Jul 12, 2021 06:47 IST

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], July 12 (ANI): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that providing better prices for agricultural produce and timely, affordable credit to farmers is crucial to sustaining agriculture in the country.
Citing a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report about an impending global food crisis, he said that if we provide timely assistance to our farmers, India would not only remain self-sufficient but also feed the world in the years to come.
Praising farmers for increased food grain production last year despite the severe hardship caused by the pandemic, Naidu said there was a need to focus on increasing the storage capacities, remove restrictions on crop transportation and encourage food processing to make agriculture more remunerative.
"Farmers need to focus on cost-cutting along with increasing production. We also need to utilise our resources such as water and electricity more judiciously," Naidu added.
Releasing the book 'Palleku Pattabhishekam' by former MP Yalamanchili Sivaji at Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute in Hyderabad, the Vice President said that villages and agriculture are intrinsically connected and we must address their issues holistically to bring 'Gram Swarajya' to our villages.
He also suggested the creation of strong lab-farm links to ensure fruitful outcomes for the farmers. He urged scientists to develop climate and drought-resistant seed varieties.

Referring to the growing urban-rural divide, Naidu said that villages should not be seen as mere 'factories supplying food to the cities'.
In order to achieve Gandhiji's dream of 'Gram Swarajya', he called for a renewed national effort through the collaboration of civic society, agriculturalists, agronomists, students, and researchers to make agriculture profitable and villages thriving economic hubs.
He wanted people to return their roots and work with fellow villagers on solving long-standing problems.
With rising costs of inputs in agriculture, Naidu suggested natural and organic farming offers great potential in cutting down costs and generating a steady income for farmers. He added that the increasing demand for organic products provided an opportunity for farmers to take up natural farming in a big way.
He also wanted farmers to diversify into allied sectors such as poultry, dairy farming, fisheries, horticulture, aquaculture, and pisciculture to ensure regular income. He observed that farmers who diversify their production are less likely to face losses when the crop fails.
Speaking on the role of youth, the Vice President called for greater participation of the new generation in agriculture - as farmers, researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. He also highlighted the crucial role of media in advancing Indian agriculture.
He called for more farmer-centric magazines and channels that can inform the farmers on the best and emerging practices in the field. (ANI)