‘Youth going away from agriculture not a good trend’

Physician and activist Sanjiv Kulkarni has said that wide publicity should be given to achievements of farmers.

He was speaking at a function on Saturday organised to felicitate Shankar Langati, a farmer from Gudenkatti village, who won a national award for conservation of plant varieties. The function was organised by Green Foundation.

Dr. Kulkarni said Mr. Langati’s achievements can be an inspiration for other farmers.

Regretting over the younger generation’s lack of interest in agriculture, he said agriculture should be part of the school curriculum and achievements of farmers should be part of textbooks. The educated youth moving away from agriculture and turning into job hunters was not a good trend, he said.

Job scheme, a failure

Speaking on the occasion, Sharada Dabade, convener of the Jagruti Institute, said the farmers and their children were moving away from farming due to agrarian crisis.

It was a pity that the government’s flagship programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which was expected to help rural people, did not yield expected results.

Though it was a good scheme, the corruption at the implementation level had defeated its noble objectives.

In his address, S.K. Biradar, scientist from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS)-Dharwad, said Mr. Langati had preserved and conserved more than 70 indigenous varieties of plants.


  • Shankar Langati, a farmer from Gudenkatti village, wins national award

  • He has preserved and conserved more than 70 indigenous varieties of plants


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