Minister asks scientists to develop techniques for marginal farmers
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh made an appeal to agriculture scientists on Saturday to develop techniques adaptable to the needs of the huge number of marginal farmers in the country.
Singh made this appeal on the occasion of the completion of the centenary year of the Institutional Research and Academic Resources (IRAR) – Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) situated at Kasargod in Kerala, where he also inaugurated a ‘Kisan Mela’ and participated in an international seminar on research and development of coconut and plantation crops.
As per a release here, Singh said: “Agricultural holdings in Kerala are 0.22 hectare against the national average of 1.15 hectare. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt unified agriculture system as well as low volume – high value crops so as to make agriculture a profit making sector.”
The Minister said that by adopting multi-dimensional crops cycle system, with the inclusion of coconut along with black pepper, banana, pineapple, ginger, turmeric, jaifal and jimicand, the farmers of the state will be benefited.