‘Youth should take up agriculture as profession’

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar Friday appealed to the youth to take up agriculture as a profession.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 5, 2013 4:32 am

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar Friday appealed to the youth to take up agriculture as a profession.

“Our country needs students to run the agriculture sector. Agriculture has a lot of potential as a profession. By taking it up as a career,you will not only be fulfilling a personal dream of reaching the top,but also rendering your services to the process of nation-building,” he said.

He was speaking as chief guest at the convocation ceremony of the Vaikunthlal Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) here. Degrees and diplomas were awarded to successful students from eight different batches on the occasion.

Citing examples of some noted business innovators who had to start from scratch,Anwar appealed to students to make a beginning in a certain direction with new ideas and imagination.

“Developing nations like India rely heavily upon agriculture to ensure household food and nutritional security to its citizens. This is achieved by the relentless work of researchers and farmers across the country,” he said. Anwar pledged financial help for VAMNICOM.

National Council for Cooperative Training Chairman Chandrapal Singh Yadav,veteran cooperative leader Shivajirao Deshmukh,Mahatma Phule Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Tukaram More and VAMNICOM Director Sanjeeb Patjoshi also addressed students on the occasion.

Seat-sharing formula with Congress to stay the same for coming Lok Sabha polls: Tariq Anwar

Pune: Responding to growing voices from the Congress party about contesting more Lok Sabha seats in 2014 elections,NCP General Secretary Tariq Anwar on Friday said that the seat-sharing formula of the 2009 elections would be repeated in the forthcoming elections.

While 26 seats out of a total of 48 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections were contested by the Congress, leaving NCP 22 seats to fight for,Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre recently coined a 29: 19 seat sharing formula,tilted in favour of his party,which was shot down by NCP leaders subsequently.

Speaking with mediapersons after attending the convocation ceremony of Vaikunthlal Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNlCOM),Anwar said the NCP was making efforts to enhance the base of his party by spreading its network in certain states,including Gujarat.

“We are strengthening the party base in the northeastern part of the country. The party will make its presence felt more in Bihar,Gujarat and Goa along with Lakshadweep in the coming days,” he said.

Earlier,speaking as a chief guest at convocation event,Anwar,who is Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries,said the Centtre’s initiative to set up Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) was helping organising farmers into cooperatives or as farmer producer organisation.

“Several states in India have formed groups under SFAC for aggressively promoting agri-business projects. As a government,we have been facilitating several project development facility and venture capital assistance schemes,establishing forward and backward linkages with farmers,providing assured market to their produce,” he said.

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