Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu stated that the farming sector in India is dominated by small and marginal farmers and that there is a need to help them in enhancing their operation activities to increase farming income.
Vice President Naidu arrived in Patna on a two-day visit to the state. Addressing the convocation of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa at its Piprakothi campus in Motihari, Bihar’s East Champaran district, Naidu stated that the sector should be given all the support it requires for development and sustenance.
Role of FPOs
According to him, ‘Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) can greatly assist small and marginal farmers with forward (marketing, processing, and export) and backward (Agri inputs and extension services) food supply chain linkages.’
He emphasized the importance of promoting FPOs through mentoring and capacity building. He urged agriculture universities to encourage farmers to form collectives, claiming that there is a huge potential for food processing ventures in India.
Mr. Naidu further added that the ‘Small and marginal farmers with limited resources characterize Indian agriculture. Farmers’ incomes must be increased through a variety of means, including improved resource use efficiency.’
Technology in agriculture
The vice president also advocated for the increased use of technology in agriculture. ‘The developed countries are already reaping benefits from the use of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture, and India must also capitalize on its potential to help enhance farm income,’ he told.
Mr. Naidu praised the country’s record foodgrain production despite the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, saying the country owes a lot to its hardworking farmers. Among those in attendance were Governor Phagu Chauhan, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi.