RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasized ‘Bharat-centered’ way of farming to boost GDP.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on June 20 that organic and old ways of farming are important and that it would be wrong to dismiss them as not scientific without looking into them.
He was speaking at the annual ‘Convocation-cum-Scientific Convention,’ which was put on by the National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (India), New Delhi, and the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur.
At the event, Mr. Bhagwat, Mr. Rupala, and State Minister Sunil Kedar were all given honorary fellowships. Mr. Rupala was the guest of honor and is the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.
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Mr. Bhagwat said that India’s methods for farming and caring for animals are the oldest. He also said that modern science has side effects, but our ancient knowledge and methods do not. ‘Research must be done in a flexible way, and local knowledge must be used. It is wrong to say that local knowledge isn’t scientific in order to dismiss it. You can turn it down after looking at it. If it’s not right, you can turn it down’ At the event, he said.
‘Second, farming with machines wouldn’t last long. Even now, 65 percent of farmers still grow crops on small plots of land, which makes mechanized farming less useful for them. Because of things like fertilizers, the farmer gets into debt and then kills themselves. He should learn about farming in a way that he can understand’ the head of the RSS said.
‘Bharat-centered’ way of farming
He emphasized a ‘Bharat-centered’ way of farming that can boost our GDP. He also said that the country had the world’s largest economy until 1700 AD. ‘We had an agrarian economy back then, and agriculture was also tied to industry and trade. To do this [increase GDP], we will need a Bharat-centered approach’ he said.
The head of RSS said that public partnerships were needed for sustainability because the government did not have enough money to pay for all departments. He also talked about the ‘language barrier’ that farmers face, saying that most information about taking care of animals is in English.
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‘In technical subjects, the use of the local language has been made part of the new education policy. We need to tell people about this in their own languages,’ Mr. Bhagwat said.