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Farmers will make vital contribution in making India developed by 2047: Dhankhar

Friday, 31 May 2024 | PNS | PANTNAGAR

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said that farmers will make the most important contribution in making India a developed nation by 2047. He said this while visiting the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar during his one-day visit to Uttarakhand on Thursday.

Referring to the importance of agriculture and farmers in the nation’s economy, Dhankhar stressed getting the farmers involved in the business of agricultural products and related industries. Farmers should become part of the marketing of agricultural products and their value addition, he said. He also elicited the focus of the teachers of the university towards making the farmers aware of high value produce and the use of new techniques.  He emphasised the need for farmers to advance themselves technically. “To contribute more to the growing economy of the country, it is essential for farmers to engage in business with their produce. Often, farmers sell their produce immediately, which is not economically viable. The times have changed. Farmers should not just sell their produce directly but rather sell value-added products like paneer, yogurt, buttermilk, ice cream and other value added food items from milk to increase their income. There needs to be an increase in the production of food grains grown by the farmers. It is crucial for more farmers to engage in market systems for marketing their produce and focus on value addition. Farmers should also increase the production of fruits and vegetables to gain more profit from farming. Institutions with a vision and a significant impact on society, recognised as excellent institutions, should come forward and encourage farmers to focus on every aspect of their produce besides agricultural production,” he said.

He also viewed an exhibition of the products of the various departments of the university and visited the Pantnagar museum.

Earlier, the Vice President and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar visited Kainchi Dham of Neeb Karoli Maharaj in Nainital district and spent some time with those staying in the Ashram. After paying his obeisance, he said that he had experienced a new energy and a surge in the feeling of devotion for the nation. Governor lieutenant general (retd) Gurmit Singh also accompanied the Vice President during his visits.

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