President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday called for a second green revolution in agriculture that is more holistic and widespread.
He was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of National Conference on 'Ushering Second Green Revolution in Indian Agriculture through Public-Private Partnership' organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
"To develop the food processing sector, farm proximate state -of-the-art infrastructure with strong backward and forward linkages are being created through the Mega Food Park scheme, introduced in the Eleventh Plan. Thus, some elements of the next generation revolution in the agriculture sector are already taking place. But I would like to envision a second green revolution in agriculture that is more holistic and widespread," he said.
"Such an initiative should be accompanied by development of rural infrastructure, human development and increased sensitivity to ecology and environment. Given the gargantuan task ahead, it is imperative that the Government should seek the right partnerships by building innovative structures that adequately encourage the involvement of the private sector in this area," he added.
Mukherjee exhorted Ministry of Agriculture and CII to resist any temptation to be persuaded by some arguments to give only proportionate importance to the agriculture sector.
"I understand that the contribution of Agriculture to the country's GDP is declining and is lower than the Services and Industry sectors today. But I would exhort you to resist any temptation to be persuaded by some arguments to give only proportionate importance to this sector. Nothing could be more wrong. Giving agriculture the importance in proportion to its contribution to GDP may be as fallacious as attaching to the heart the importance in proportion to its weight in the human body," he said.
Emphasing that the linkage that the Agriculture sector has to almost all the facets of the society is indisputable, Mukherjee said: "Its growth can spawn the much-needed social and economic transformation without which economic growth in other areas and that of the nation as a whole would lose its meaning."
"I am confident that -pragmatic solutions to the problems that the agriculture sector is facing would emerge from this conference," he added. (ANI)