Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Friday stressed the need to facilitate greater involvement of differently-abled persons in agriculture through indigenously developed modern assistive devices.

Inaugurating a four-day national symposium on “Disability Management in Agriculture and Farming” at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre here, Dr. Ahluwalia advocated introducing an optional/extra paper on “Disability Management in Agriculture and Farming” as part of the curricula of Agriculture Sciences in Central and State universities and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-funded research institutes. “But more than that, what is required is to change the mindsets of society.”

On the occasion, a thematic souvenir was also released by Dr. Ahluwalia.

Delivering his address, Department of Agricultural Research and Training Secretary S. Ayyappan supported the idea of mainstreaming the teaching and research on “Disability Management in Agriculture and Farming” into the curricula of Agriculture Sciences in the Indian context.