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Posted on Nov 20, 10:42PM | UNI
Union Agriculture Minister today called upon the experts to develop technology which would minimise the use of farm inputs and maximise outputs.
Mr Pawar was speaking at the 7th National Conference on Krishi Vigyan Kendra -2012, jointly organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here. The conference is based on the theme 'Integrating Technologies and Best Practices.' Inaugurating the three-day conference, Mr Pawar said Punjab, in general, and PAU, in particular, deserved all appreciation for making substantial contribution of wheat and rice to the central foodgrain bowl.
Mr Pawar saluted the farming community for toiling hard to ensure national food security and for the record foodgrain production of 257 million tonnes in 2011-12, highest since 1947.
"Inspite of drought in certain areas and districts of the states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, the foodgrain production is estimated to touch 250 million tonnes in 2012-13, he said.
Observing that the demand for fruits and vegetables was going to surge with the rising income and changing dietary habits among people, he stressed on speeding up the efforts to develop climate resilient crop varieties.
"There is a need to re-set research and extension system to strengthen feedback mechanism and interaction between farmers and scientists," he added.
He noted that the Punjab government's approach towards farm diversification was positive.