The younger generation is akin to a ray of hope for farmers when it comes to improving the dwindling agricultural economics of the Himalayan region. The GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology vice chancellor Tej Pratap said this while speaking as the chief guest at a function organised to mark the 133rd birth anniversary of GB Pant and the foundation day of the GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment at Kosi-Katarmal in Almora on Thursday.
Pratap expressed concern at the sad state of agricultural economy in the Himalayan region, stating that in Uttarakhand alone about 80 per cent geographical area is mountainous which is now nearly barren due to migration. To revive the agriculture and economy, it is vital to use technical knowledge and ensure basic facilities and encourage the farmers. The educated younger generation is making novel attempts in this field. These need to be encouraged to take traditional agriculture forward with the help of new research and technology, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Almora MP Ajay Tamta appreciated the research work of the institute which will be helpful to augment livelihood.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change secretary RP Gupta, ICIMOD deputy director general Eklavya Sharma, MoEFCC joint secretary AK Nautiyal and the institute director RS Rawal also expressed their views on the occasion.
Friday, 11 September 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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