COIMBATORE: There is a need for agro-technical education for the development of agriculture sector, M. Moni, Deputy Director General, National Informatics Centre, New Delhi, said here recently.
Delivering the graduation day address at the Park College of Engineering and Tekhnology, he lamented that though almost 75 per cent of the country’s population was engaged in agriculture, it was regrettable to note that the level of agro-technical education was not sufficient to take care of the agricultural sector’s needs.
“This lacuna affects the agriculture sector to a great extent. For instance, fruits and vegetables worth Rs. 50,000 crore are wasted before reaching the consumer points and market places for want of post-harvest technology to preserve them in the correct manner,” Mr. Moni said.
He urged the agricultural universities to enhance their syllabus to include latest inventions in agriculture, food processing and natural resources.
“In addition to the universities, more agricultural polytechnics and agro-training centres should be established in the country to achieve higher food production,” he said.
He also said that farmers should be proactive and gear themselves up to face the challenges in the farm sector by striving to produce more. He handed over degree certificates to 360 candidates in various courses. P.V. Ravi, Chairman, Park Group of Educational Institutions, Anusha R. Mahesh, Chief Executive of Park Group, and G. Mohan Kumar, Principal of the college, spoke.