Stressing on the importance for increasing agricultural yields, Director, Agriculture, Dr Supong Keitzar said providing food security can control the rise of anti-social elements. “If no food security is there then anti-socials will always come up” he asserted.
He was addressing participants as the chief guest at the inaugural function of three days farmers training on power machineries organized by Agri department in collaboration with Greaves Cotton Ltd, Kolkata and VST Tillers Tractors Ltd, Guwahati which is being held at SDO (Store) office Dimapur.
It may be noted that state government had distributed many power machineries to several farmers across the state. However, many of the beneficiaries from interior districts faced lots of problems whenever there was a breakdown of the machineries and also in getting spare parts.
Director pointed out that “whether one liked it or not, agriculture was the important profession without which a country’s economy and development cannot progress”. Underlining the importance of agriculture for a developing country like India, the chief guest stated that it was the mainstay without which the country cannot go ahead.
Quoting from Prof M S Swathinathan’s interview with Financial Express, the Director said “If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else can go right”. He also urged farmers not to produce only for self consumption but also on a commercial scale so that they could benefit economically too. “Food security must not only be yours but also for others also”, he added.
Giving out statistics from Food and Agriculture Organization, Dr Supong informed that around 900 million people in the world go to bed without having two square meals a day.
Dy Director, L Mero who also spoke at the programme, explained about highlights of 3 days training programme and also stressed on the vision to provide “Food for all” by 2020. Expressing concern over the steep rise of population in the state, Mero stated that use of machine had become inevitable along with fertilizers if the target was to be met by 2020. “We will never reach our target unless we use fertilizers and machines” he asserted.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by SDO (Store) Jacob Yanthan while short speeches were delivered by Regional Manager, VST Tiller Tractors Ltd, Onol Hazarika and representative of Greaves Cotton Ltd A K Gosh. Special number was also belted out by A Tsenlamo Kikon while vote of thanks was proposed by AO II (Store), Thepusa.
50 farmers from 11 districts are attending the training on the theme “Go with the machine, cultivate with the machine and earn from the machine” focused on providing practical training related to mechanized machineries used for farming.