Agricultural scientists told to redefine their goals

Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN: The Rajasthan Governor, S.K. Singh, has called upon agricultural scientists and farmers to redefine their goals so as to produce more high quality food to meet the demands of an ever increasing population.

Delivering the Convocation Address at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pant Nagar, Mr. Singh said environmental changes like global warming were having an adverse effect on the farm production cycle and scientists must speedily develop seeds and systems to ensure adequate food production.

The Government as well as the scientists should also take a clear view on genetically modified seeds to avoid controversies, he said.

Over 1,000 students received degrees in various disciplines at the Convocation. The girls bagged most of the awards for meritorious performance.

Expressing happiness over the University’s rich contribution in the field of agriculture and allied sciences, the Uttarakhand Governor, B.L. Joshi, urged the scientists to step up their efforts to increase farm revenue in the hills.

“The hills present a challenge to farm scientists who will have to develop locally suited varieties and systems to make agriculture, horticulture, apiary and floriculture economically feasible enterprises,” said the Governor, adding that the biggest challenge before the State was to provide revenue generation opportunities to the youth nearer home.

Vice-Chancellor B.S. Bisht, assuring all-out efforts to meet the agricultural challenge, said he hoped the fresh farm graduates would prove their worth by devoting their energies to solving the small farmer’s problems.

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