New Delhi: Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu today highlighted the important role of the rural economy in the country’s progress and said that it is inextricably linked to the well-being of farmers.
Commending farmers for standing side by side with other frontline warriors during the pandemic and for securing record food grain production in the country, he said the selfless service they are rendering is unforgettable.
Presenting awards to farmers, extension workers and journalists for their contribution to the field of agriculture at a function hosted by the Muppavarapu Foundation and Rythu Nestham at the Swarna Bharath Trust here, he said that recognizing and rewarding people deserving is part of Indian culture. This not only inspires the winners to do better, but also inspires others.
Describing agriculture as a ‘Yagna’, he praised Indian farmers for trying to adopt modern practices and for their remarkable success in feeding millions of people.
Naidu urged the farming community to pay special attention to environmental protection. In this regard, he advised every farmer to give importance to tree planting and water conservation.
He said that at a time when science and technology are the engine of the world’s progress, agriculture cannot be left behind and must adopt modern scientific practices. It is not for the state to make agriculture profitable. Each actor must come forward to allow the farmer to reap the fruits of modernization.
The vice president also urged educated young people to take an interest in agriculture and provide technical assistance to farmers.
He also called on the private sector to come forward and invest in modernizing agriculture. Stressing the need for a wider debate on modernizing agriculture, he said scientists, policymakers and the media should take the lead in this matter.
On this occasion, the vice-president also released books relating to agriculture. Previously, he had toured an exhibition of modern agricultural tools.
The vice president praised Yadlapati Venkateswara Rao not only for publishing the monthly magazine Rythu Nestham to educate farmers for the past 17 years, but also for instituting awards.