Dharwad: India, which is producing foodgrains in surplus, has the potential to be a significant international participant in agriculture, and this will likely be doable with correct coordination amongst numerous businesses linked with agriculture, mentioned Union minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Shobha Karandlaje.
She was talking on the zonal workshop of Krishi Vijnana Kendras (KVK), on ‘Strengthening Built-in Farming System by means of Applicable Applied sciences together with Natural and Pure Farming Practices,’ organised by the College of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, in collaboration with different businesses on Sunday, and mentioned that to realize this, farmers should stress on pure farming. “Despite the fact that there can’t be a right away shift to natural farming, it ought to be accomplished in a phased method. The worldwide market is hungry, and is able to pay the fee for agriculture produce, offered they’re equipped with pure merchandise,” she mentioned.
“That is the fitting time for farmers to double their revenue, by choosing pure farming, which not solely boosts the availability of nutritious meals , but in addition enhances their income,” she mentioned.
Shobha mentioned that two years in the past, Basmati rice exported from Punjab and Haryana was rejected, because it contained excessive pesticide residue. “Right now, wheat too is dealing with the identical drawback, as Gulf nations usually are not prepared to import wheat with pesticide residue. Subsequently, the onus is now on the farmers to include pesticide residue, and provide high quality meals substances to the folks,” the minister asserted.
“The agriculture division has determined to arrange a high quality test laboratory in each district, to test the pesticide residue within the crop, earlier than exporting it to different nations or to metropolitan cities,” she mentioned.
“The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) are data hubs, and they need to work in line with the wants of the farmers. Extra analysis on growing new crop breeds, offering high quality substances, water administration and defending the well being of the soil ought to be their focus space,” mentioned Shobha.
Karnatak minister for agriculture B C Patil mentioned that the BJP authorities is making all efforts to make agriculture a enterprise, and supply extra alternatives for graduates to take up “agripreneurship”.
“To guard the well being of the soil, and facilitate the farmers to reinforce the fertility of soil, the division has launched 224 cellular soil testing clinics with lab amenities. The farmers should make use of those cellular vans, to see that the land doesn’t grow to be saline,” he added.
ICAR director Venkatasubramanian and UAS vice-chancellor M B Chetti have been current.