On the occasion of Annual Function 2014, the National Seminar titled “Empowering youth in agriculture” of All India Agricultural Students Association in Pusa, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh says, without education, sustained agricultural growth cannot be possible. He also mentioned that if the country has to develop, proper Human Resource development should be the focus.
Singh emphasized on creating awareness about Soil Health Card and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. He also mentioned that Soil Health card will be issued in the next 3 years to all farmers in the country. With this card, farmers will be able to use fertilizers as per the advice of Soil Testing laboratories about the nutrient content of the soil. Mentioning about new initiative in the form of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, likely to be launched shortly, he said under this programme every field in the country will be brought under the ambit of irrigation facility.
He also pointed towards the growth potential in the fisheries sector, where youth could play an important role. He mentioned that in the first and second quarter of 2014-15, a growth of 8.5% and 13.2% has been registered over the corresponding first and second quarter of 2013-14 in fish production.
During the programme,he presented awards to the students for their remarkable performance in various sectors of agriculture and told that they are a source of inspiration for other students in the country.