Andhra Pradesh: the president of NABARD campaigns for sustainable agriculture

Drastic changes are happening in the agricultural sector, says GR Chintala

Drastic changes are happening in the agricultural sector, says GR Chintala

Integrated farming, use of proper agricultural tools, climate change management and soil regeneration will play a key role in agriculture in the future, said the president of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), GR Chintala.

Agricultural methods integrated with financial and technical assistance from NABARD have yielded good results in drought-stricken Bundelkhand, Ladakh and Dharwad, Dr Chintala said, adding that strawberry cultivation in Bundelkhand had yielded good results for farmers.

Dr. Chintala was addressing a workshop on “Agriculture — Perspectives and Retrospect” organized by Chaitanya Godavari Grameena Bank. CGGB President T. Kameswara Rao was present.

Stating that drastic changes are taking place in the agricultural sector, Dr Chintala said farmers need to tackle climate change and unpredictable market conditions.

“Agriculture can be made more resourceful and productive if farmers adapt to changing conditions. Integrated farming is where farmers can experiment with different crops, use appropriate farming tools to reduce the huge cost of farm labor, and use advanced technologies. NABARD has done many interventions across the country to make agriculture more sustainable,” said Dr. Chintala.

Citing cases where farmers have achieved good yields by adapting to natural farming, Dr Chintala said farmers should also keep in mind the limitations of natural farming. He said agriculture can be made sustainable by adopting innovative practices like the making of coir kernels which are in high demand in Europe.

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