Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 18, 2018: Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that agriculture should be made a fully viable occupation in all parts of India to boost country’s economy.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the “One-day State Level Workshop on Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Doubling of Farmers’ Income”, jointly organised by the government of manipur and Central Agricultural University at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal East today.
Venkaiah Naidu also stressed on the need to practise agriculture in a way to restraint global warming.
Stating that the North East is gifted with good rainfall and vast water bodies, the Vice- President said the region should focus on pisciculture and aquaculture for economic development.
He also mentioned about boosting farmers’ economy through large scale production of indigenous items like scented black rice (Chakhao), king chilli, ginger, turmeric, oranges, pineapple etc. which is suitable to the soil of the State.
In order to work towards this end, the state government needs to put in effort with assistance from central institutes like ICAR, IBSD, CAU and KVK etc, he added.
Development bears no meaning if it does not reach to each and every citizen of the State and the country, Venkaiah Naidu said while adding that enhancement of connectivity is a must to ensure development even at interior areas.
Instead of discussing about issues, reasons and problems, one should focus to finding solutions, he said while adding that researchers should come up with ideas on training farmers and stakeholders, developing marketing and export strategies, establishment of value addition facilities and packaging etc. The state government needs to focus more on implementation and development to increase farmers’ income, he added.
He further said Manipur is not a poor state but rich in different fields. People should learn to tap dividends from its potentials, the Vice-President added.
Stating that the government of India has not undermined the talents but it has recognised it, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that Mary Kom, Sanjita Chanu and Mirabai Chanu had done the whole country proud in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia.
And it is because of these talents that the government of India had decided to set up the only National Sports University of the country in the state, he said while adding that size of any tate does not matter but talent matters.
He said that every citizen of the country should think India as a one nation forgetting all community, religion, region and language differences.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh attended the function as president while Governor Najma Heptulla, deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, forest and environment minister Th. Shyamkumar and Central Agricultural University vice-chancellor M. Premjit as guests of honour.
Ministers, MLAs, high ranking officials of the state and central government and scientists from different parts of the country were also present at the occasion. The workshop had two technical sessions.
The Indian Air Force Plane Rajhans carrying the Vice-President landed at the Imphal International Airport at 13:50 pm.
On his arrival at the airport Venkaiah Naidu was accorded warm welcome led by the Governor of Manipur, Najma Heptulla and chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh.
The joint battalion of Manipur Rifles and Indian Reserve Battalion presented the Guard of Honour to the Vice President at Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
The Vice President of India is visiting Manipur on his three-day tour program to Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur.