The private sector should partner with the government to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides

Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture of India (archive).

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Union Agriculture Minister Addresses 11th FICCI Agrochemical Conclave
  • The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers and New and Renewable Energy was also on the program
New Delhi: The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister addressed the 11th Agrochemicals Conclave organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Thursday via video conference from Solan ( Himachal Pradesh). He said that our country is agriculture oriented and agriculture has a great contribution to the economy of the country.
“Compensation is very important for farmers in the agricultural sector. An increase in production is also very necessary. Good work is going on in the country in growing pulses and oilseeds,” Tomar said.

During his address, Tomar also highlighted the need to increase yields in agriculture and focus on keeping post-harvest losses for farmers to a minimum. He said that certain steps should be taken in this direction.

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The central government is working on several programs and wants farmers to use the technology to switch to cash crops, he said.

Work is also underway to ensure consistency and quality in crop production, he added.

Insisting on promoting horticulture to become self-sufficient in all respects, he comfortably highlighted India’s position in the production of food grains. To be globally competitive, we also need to look to other agriculturally developed countries and move forward with them, he said.

Ten thousand new OPAs are also being created, which greatly benefits farmers and will continue to do so. Crop diversification should also be encouraged, Tomar said.

Appreciating the help that Krishi Vigyan Kendras is giving to farmers, he called on industry bodies like FICCI to work together for agricultural development.