Research in agriculture and allied fields will attain significance and meaning only when the results of these are transferred to the farmer, Minister for Dairy Development K.C. Joseph has said.

He was speaking after the launch of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University’s Centre for Livestock Development and Policy Research and Training Centre here on Monday. Mr. Joseph said the government was aware of the practical challenges faced by the farmers and their requirements. Policies and schemes were being formulated with these in mind. Milma was gearing up to make the State self-sufficient in milk production in two years. The government would extend all help to non-resident Indians who wanted to return to the State and set up small-scale agricultural ventures. Technological know-how, apart from whatever technical assistance was required, would be extended to them, the Minister said, pointing out that the reluctance of people here towards physical hard-work was one reason why the State had to be dependant on external sources for various aspects.

Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan launched a Malayalam farm portal, web channel, and radio on K. Muraleedharan, MLA, who presided over the function launched the university’s distance learning programme. M.V. Shreyamskumar, MLA, and university Vice-Chancellor B. Ashok were present, an official release said.

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