New Delhi, Sep 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday called for a balanced use of chemicals and fertilizers in the agricultural sector.
“There was a time when the ‘green revolution‘ was necessary to ensure food security. And at that time, fertilizers were encouraged. But now that we have food security, we need to make sure that there is no excessive use of fertilizers.
“I can understand, fertilizers cannot disappear overnight. Organic or natural agriculture must also be encouraged, and it is necessary to maintain the balance in agriculture,” the minister said during the session. on ‘India @ 75: Accelerating Sustainable Growth of the Agrochemical Industry for Self-Reliant India’, hosted by FICCI, virtually from Bhopal.
Citing government efforts to encourage technology in agriculture, he said: “Farmers are directly benefiting from new technologies and various policies of the country’s government. The price of saffron grown in Kashmir has increased from Rs 1 lakh at Rs 2 lakh per kilo after technological intervention. “
He congratulated the FICCI for its continued support for the development of the country.
The government is making every effort to realize the prime minister’s vision of doubling farmers’ incomes, he said. “The agricultural sector is crucial for the country’s economy, which has proven its importance even in undesirable circumstances such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhagwanth Khuba, said: “It is our responsibility to focus on the wise use of agrochemicals and on reducing the level of residues. Research and development in the agrochemical sector must be strengthened and this is the need of the moment.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Kailash Choudhary also spoke on the occasion.
Noting that there is a need to combat the harmful effects of agrochemicals, Ramesh Chand, member of NITI Aayog, said: “To achieve efficacy, agrochemicals and biochemicals play an important role. . “