`Need to evolve mechanism to promote agriculture'

HIGHLIGHTING ISSUES: Former Director of Madras Institute of Development Studies S. Neelakandan speaking at a seminar in Salem on Wednesday. Photo: K. N. Muralidharan  

Staff Reporter

SALEM: A hassle-free supportive mechanism should be evolved to promote sustainable agriculture in the country, Former Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, S. Neelakandan has said.

Delivering N. Rajamani's endowment lecture in economics organised by the Department of Economics, Periyar University, here on Wednesday, he said that adequate infrastructure, marketing assistance and other support programmes should be made available to the farmers. The country should look for viable remedies to address the issues in agricultural sector, he said.

Highlighting the increasing migration of farmers and farm labourers to urban areas, he said that the government should ensure remunerative prices for the agriculture produces. Stating that free electricity to the farm sector had led to over exploitation of ground water, he said farmers should educated on the judicious utilisation of water and water management techniques.

Vice-Chancellor T. Balakrishnan, in his presidential address, highlighted the importance of participation of industries in the academic activities of university. Department Head S. Rajendran, faculty members and students attended.