'We need to do a rethink on agriculture in India': Pranab Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday sought a rethink on agricultural sector to ensure food security in the country.
"We need to do a rethink on agriculture in India. We need to do this urgently to ensure food security in India. We must have in place a coherent and comprehensive policy that has synergy among its various elements," he said.
President Mukherjee, who inaugurated an International Conference on 'Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security' as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Punjab Agricultural University here, said the government's initiatives are of little use without efficient systems for their implementation and sought a coordinated and integrated approach at the grassroots level to implement various schemes for agriculture sector.
"To this, I would add the task of developing and reaching appropriate technology to farmers, agricultural marketing reforms, studying the present yield gaps and methods to harvest wastelands, address wastage and overuse of fertilisers and develop simple IT tools for farmers that are user friendly," he added, while advocating various measures to put in place a comprehensive strategy to accelerate agriculture growth after identifying priorities and acting swiftly.