‘Farmers must reduce production cost to increase profit’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 09:55:34


Business Bureau,

AGRO VISION, the highway for prosperity of farmers, is not only an exhibition of agricultural products and equipments but also has workshops, interactions and panel discussions which makes it unique. The series of workshops to be held under the 9th edition was inaugurated on Saturday in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Roads, Highways, Shipping, Water Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation, Girish Bapat, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration, Parliamentary Affairs, Maharashtra; Virendra Singh Mast, MP and National President of Kisan Morcha, Dyanoba Munde, Maharashtra President of Kisan Morcha, Vijay Raghavan, Tamil Nadu, President of Kisan Morcha, Sunita Gawande, former President, Zilla Parishad, Girish Gandhi, Convenor, Agro Vision, Dr C D Mayee, President, Advisory Council, Ravi Boratkar and Ramesh Mankar, both organising secretaries.

In his address, Nitin Gadkari pointed out that due to the knowledge shared at Agro Vision, farmers were benefited a lot. Vidarbha was now known as a sugarcane producing belt too. Even farmers were diversified towards production of pomegranate, custard apple and other fruits. He emphasised on the need of organic farming with soluble liquid fertiliser usage in a scientific way. “We must now learn to reduce our production cost and double our income. We must emphasise on converting waste into wealth,” he said. Counting the various irrigation projects, Gadkari noted, Girish Bapat, appreciating the efforts and hard work done by the Team Agro Vision under the leadership of Nitin Gadkari, noted that due to Agro Vision it had been possible for the farmers of the region to get such a vast knowledge and idea of new technologies under one roof. “First we had to go to other countries for such type of exhibitions,” Bapat said. He urged the farmers to take something useful for them through the exhibition and implement it.

Virendra Singh Mast added that Gadkari had his presence in every part of the country with the development of roads seen everywhere. Mast, who defeated Phoolan Devi in the Lok Sabha seat from Bhadoi, UP also noted that due to the guidance of Nitin Gadkari, his carpet manufacturing belt had now also been recognised as sugarcane producing belt. Mast demanded that there must be more provisions in the Union as well as the State budgets for agricultural growth. He suggested the farmers to develop the habit of saving.

“Nature has given us every thing to satisfy our needs, but nothing to satisfy our greed,” Mast said. Dr C D Mayee, in his opening remarks, mentioned that last year 60,000 farmers participated in the 30 workshops held. “This year we are expecting one lakh participation in the 24 workshops on various important topics.”