Food security is important aspect of National Security: Narasimhan
Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan today said food security is an important aspect of national security, as keeping the population contended is essential in maintaining national security.
Speaking after inaugurating the two-day 10th edition of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)'s 'Food 360' an international Conference-cum-exhibition on Agribusiness and Food Processing, he said this conference has great significance as a large section of the population is dependent on Agriculture.
'There is a fight for scarce resources, everything including land, water etc are diminishing while population is on the rise. It is a challenge posed to all present here and especially those who are speaking on technology in aid of agriculture', the Governor said.
The conference should address how to add value to the crop for the farmer in terms of storage, refrigeration, transportation. It will be bigger problem if farming becomes unviable, with the rural populace migrating to urban areas.
This can reduce the agriculture output drastically, besides straining the already burdened infrastructure in the urban areas.
The conference should also look at translating the research in the labs into farmer friendly aids to benefit the farmers. Otherwise the research and confabulations in conferences like this will be confined to the intellectuals.
Suggestions from this conference should be taken to the farmers as a pilot project in some areas and see how they can be translated to benefit the farmer, he added.