‘Farmers should be encouraged to be entrepreneurs'

The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has called for technology to be applied to the agricultural sector to improve productivity.

He was delivering the sixth Dr. S.W. Mensinkai Memorial Research and Education Foundation lecture on the topic ‘Sustainable agriculture productivity', as part of the birth centenary celebrations of Mensinkai at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, on Saturday.

Agriculture in India had huge potential, and farmers should be encouraged to be entrepreneurs, Dr. Kalam said.

He suggested applying technology to water management, improving irrigation facilities, supplying quality seeds and fertilizer, training human resource, for crop insurance and better marketing.

‘Don't need subsidies'

“During an interaction with farmers, they said they do not need subsidies. Instead, they require good inputs such as supply of quality seeds and fertilizer at the right time, and transfer of technology,” he said.

Organic farming

Supporting organic farming, Dr. Kalam said this method ensured ecological balance, and also reduced costs.

Favouring the strengthening of farmers' cooperative bodies, Dr. Kalam said such organisations played a vital role in ensuring that farmers got to control prices.


  • He delivers the sixth Dr. S.W. Mensinkai Memorial Research and Education Foundation lecture

  • ‘Apply technology to improve irrigation facilities, supply quality seeds and fertilizer


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