Today, 60 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture and, therefore, requires great thrust and focus and problems of the sector need to be urgently addressed

Our Bureau

Hyderabad, Dec. 19

The Union Minister of State for Human Resources, Ms Daggubati Purandareswari, on Sunday expressed the need to innovate, share knowhow and also tap into conventional best practices to ensure consistent high productivity in agriculture.

Deny benefits

She felt that different departments in the Government work in silos and, therefore, deny the benefits of available technology and expertise to the farm community.

Speaking at Padmasri Dr. I.V.Subba Rao Agri Journalism Awards 2010 function, she said, “there are signs to suggest we are going back to the conventional methods of agriculture cultivation as our elders knew solutions to several problems farm sector is faced with.”

“The problems our agriculture faced 60 years ago continue to plague even today. We have not found solutions to them even now. The media should focus on these issues and highlight some of the solutions researchers have managed to find for the farm sector,” she felt.

Mr Jayaprakash Narayan, Lok Satta Chief, said that off late there has been significant progress in the filed of agriculture research and technology.

Biotechnology

Other than biotechnology, there is no technology that can bring about a leap in agriculture production.

Today, 60 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture and, therefore, requires great thrust and focus and problems of the sector need to be urgently addressed.

Temporary solutions for farm sector problems would not help, as they require long term serious effort and support, he said.

Insurance

Mr Vaddi Sobhanadreeshwar Rao, former agriculture minister of Andhra Pradesh, said it has been 25 years since insurance for the farm sector had been introduced.

The agri awards were presented to representatives from Annadata, Vaartha Padipanta, Doordarshan, AIR, Prasara Bharathi, Rythu Nestham, TV5, Sakshi, Andhra Jyothi Journalism College and to The Hindu.

Mr S. Nagesh Kumar, Bureau Chief, Hyderabad, The Hindu, received the award for development journalism.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 20, 2010)
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