The women should come forward to participate in agriculture activities in order to strengthen the sector with their contribution as they were excelling in every field, Himachal Pradesh governor Acharya Devvrat has said. He was speaking in the convocation of the CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur on Sunday.
Acharya Devvrat said that agriculture sector could witness a revolution if women participated in farming activities as they were not only hard working but also proving their worth in every field and making the country proud. He urged girls to take up studies related to agriculture in universities and equip themselves with knowledge regarding farming activities and specialised techniques for effectively contributing towards the sector.
The governor urged the farmers of the state to adopt traditional and organic farming to enhance the quality of their produce and to get better prices in the market. He said that organic food led not only to healthy living but organic farming was environment friendly too. He expressed concern over the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers which besides diluting the health content in crops was also affecting the fertility of the soil. He said that they should adopt traditional practices and added that efforts should be made for preservation and conservation of indigenous seeds.
Calling upon the scientists of the university to hold camps across the state to educate the farming community about organic and traditional farming, Acharya Devvrat said that special awareness should be generated for adopting zero-budgeting for improving the existing agriculture practices in the state. He also asked the scientists to conduct intensive research and develop new techniques besides improving the existing ones especially in organic farming. He said the research conducted in laboratories should reach the fields and farmers. He also stressed upon upon improving the indigenous cow breeds.
Acharya Devvrat said that youth were the assets of the country and should contribute towards nation building activities. He said that the nation could develop only when youth were focused disciplined and growth oriented and urged them to inculcate good values like discipline patriotism sincerity and devotion.
B.B.L Butail Speaker, H P Vidhan Sabha congratulated all the degree recipients and called upon them to work dedicatedly for strengthening the state and put their knowledge for improving the farming activities in the state. He said that 70 percent employment was being generated through agriculture horticulture and animal husbandry sectors which were also contributing 14 percent towards state GDP. He said that state government was encouraging the farmers to take up crop diversification activities on large scale for strengthening their economy and added that vegetable and off season vegetable production in the state has increased to 15lakh metric tonnes covering an area of 75000 hectares.
K.K. Katoch Vice Chancellor in his welcome address gave details about the activities of the University.
On this occasion 212 students were conferred with degrees.