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CM urges scientists to attract youth to farming

CM urges scientists to attract youth to farming
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CM Urges Scientists To Attract Youth To Farming. He said that the conference should also focus more on increasing food grains in India, which had about 110 million farm holdings including 12.3 million in Andhra Pradesh.

They should find ways to make agriculture profitable

Hyderabad: “Farming is not being looked at by the younger generation in general and the educated youth in particular. There is a long list of challenges being faced by the farmers. The list including lack of remunerative prices, natural calamities, escalating input costs and non-availability of credit.

I hope the World Agricultural Forum Congress – 2013 would find research and development solutions to turn the educated youth to farming by making the profession as a profitable one compared to other professions”, observed Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the World Agricultural Forum Congress – 2013 as chief guest Kiran Kumar Reddy said that agriculture, which had been the main source of livelihood for a majority people in India for centuries, was being deserted by the people due to different reasons.

“The situation witnessed not only in India and it became a world-wide phenomenon”, he said, adding that the scientists and agricultural experts should concentrate on these issues and give a route to the policy makers. He said that the farmers should concentrate on fisheries, dairy, poultry and horticulture apart from farming for getting profits in it.

He said, “farmers did not have sufficient ware housing facilities and technical support. They were being affected by droughts on one side and cyclone on the other year after year, increasing wage component on labour and intervention of middlemen between market and field.” Stating that the state government was implementing various programs for farmers in the state, he said that input subsidy increased to Rs 10,000 from Rs 4,000 per hectare and removed middlemen between market and field.

All the subsidies were being given to kauldars directly and about Rs 72,000 crore crop loans were being extended to the farmers. The government was also giving interest free loans to SC and ST farmers. “But, I felt these facilities were not sufficient and a lot more should be done for the farmers to make agriculture remunerative” he observed.

He said that the conference should also focus more on increasing food grains in India, which had about 110 million farm holdings including 12.3 million in Andhra Pradesh.

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