Even before monsoon is to arrive in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday said the farmers in the Bundelkhand region are already the worst sufferers as the seeds provided by the state haven’t helped with production.
“The crops have suffered in Bundelkhand once again and the seeds which we supplied could not succeed. If you look (at the information) you will know that if there is someone who has suffered the most it is the farmer of Bundelkhand,” the Chief Minister said while inaugurating the second UP Agriculture Science Congress here, adding there is a need to consider and “think” how to deal with the situation.
He said the situation is made worse with the receding groundwater “and many blocks have been declared as “dark”. On this note, he said the scientists should come forward with such work which directly benefits farmers. “The real goal of research would be achieved when we are able to help the farmers commercially,” the CM said, adding the farmers are “poor and unhappy and by the time the information reaches him it is already too late so we need to also look at how the information reaches them soon; there are numerous countries whose faces have been changed through their agricultural practices.”
Calling for more active role by agricultural scientists, he said that farmers will be the most affected by climate change “and if there is someone who can protect the farmers, it is scientists. He also said the state is trying to establish Kala Namak rice variety as a brand and “if the scientists assist us with their research in this regard it would directly help our farmers.”
Yadav said the situation is made worse with the receding groundwater and many blocks have been declared as ‘dark’.