To give a boost to the agriculture sector in the country,more private sector participation is needed,a senior agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.
He said the agriculture sector should imitate sun rise sectors such as IT and telecom for pushing the overall GDP growth rate.
Replicate the success story of non-agriculture sectors in agriculture. Bring more private participation in agriculture,as is the case in IT and telecom,to achieve better growth, said GC Pati,additional agriculture secretary on the sidelines of an agri-symposium organised by IFFCO.
Pati also added that the knowledge deficit among farmers is hurting India’s agricultural production. Our scientific development and innovation in agri sector is restricted to the laboratory. We should work on how to transfer this knowhow to farmers,Pati said.
By imparting various training programmes,we need to empower our farmers with the latest technology so that they can avail of these benefits and use them to increase production and productivity, he said adding that the role of private enterprises participation is crucial in this regard.
The success stories of social development schemes,like the Mahamta Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNRGEA),need to be scaled up so that they can reach small and marginalised farmers and empower them financially to benefit from the latest technologies in agriculture. Andhra Pradesh and Orissa are among states where the success of MNRGEA can be best seen,Pati noted.
India,the second-largest producer of foodgrain,has over 14 crore farmers and the farm sector contributes 4% to the country’s GDP.