New Delhi, 22 November,2011
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries released the special issue of Think India Quarterly on Indian Agriculture. While appreciating the effort, he remarked that thinking is not an easy task as it requires in-depth study and understanding of the issue with all ramifications. Shri Pawar raised some of the important issues and challenges before Indian Agriculture in his speech. He reminded the contribution of stalwarts such as Dr C Subramaniam, Shri Jagjivan Ram ji, Dr B P Pal and others who made significant contributions in accelerating agricultural growth in India which ultimately led to globally acclaimed green revolution. Shri Pawar reiterated the need to make Indian Agriculture more profitable through processing and marketing initiatives and offering remunerative prices to farmers.
Dr M S Swaminathan, noted thinker and Member of Parliament, highlighted the enormous employment potential of the agricultural sector despite the slow growth while presiding over the function. Dr Swaminathan advocated a judicious blending of technology with policy intervention to make a difference in the Indian Agriculture. He pointed out the huge untapped potential of agricultural growth in eastern part of the country which can be developed as an asset in the food security of the nation.
Dr (Ms) Syeda Hameed, Member (Health Grp, Gender & Equity Grp), Planning Commission, emphasized the important role of Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojana in agriculture and rural development of the country, which needs to be extended to far and wide areas across social groups.
Think India Quarterly is an initiative of Vichar Nyas Foundation which is a modest attempt to re-emphasize the value of ideas in both understanding and changing society, culture and politics. The special issue on Indian Agriculture, edited by D. P. Tripathi, presents thought provoking articles on various facets of Indian agriculture by a galaxy of thinkers and innovators.
The release function was attended by policy planners, academia, media and other stakeholders in agriculture.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)