First State Mango Festival.Agriculture sector to be attractive for next generation of young innovative farmers – Governor
Bhubaneswar, Dt. 3.6.17-(By Debabrat Mohanty)– It is time to assess and improve the policy tools to support farmers in times of market difficulty and make them more resilient in a globalised world. It is therefore essential that while the policy continues to support farmers and ensure a basic income safety net, it also provides farmers with the necessary instruments to deal with market volatility and price fluctuations. Beyond market difficulties, there are broader challenges. Rural depopulation continues at an alarming rate, as young people seek new opportunities in urban areas. It is important to retain them explaining the benefits of agriculture. And at the same time we need to keep the sector attractive for the next generation of innovative young farmers, said Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir. Inaugurating State Level Mango Festival-cum- Exhibition in NABARD premises Governor said, horticulture is becoming Indian farming’s bright spot.Most horticulture crops are grown with assured irrigation and, therefore, are more immune to monsoon deficits. Another positive for horticulture is that fruits and vegetables are mostly grown by marginal and small farmers. This means that resource-poor farmers are likely to have benefitted most from the growth in horticulture sector.With the change in the structure of farming, capital and credit have become increasingly important; NABARD has a strong, dynamic policy. It evolves and adapts to meet the challenges of the day, said Governor.Governor Dr. Jamir praised the water campaign undertaken by NABARD and wished its success with involvement of all stakeholders.Dr. K.C. Panigrahy, CGM, NABARD, P.K. Panda, GM, R.K. Roy, DGM among others spoke on the activities of NABARD and organization of 1 st State Mango Festival. First Lady Alemla Jamir was present in the function.