The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, while addressing the inauguration of year long Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat on Tuesday said that innovative practices must come into farm sector to make it sustainable and profitable.

The Vice President said that India needs to respond effectively to the changing needs of farm sector for a sustained food security. He also said that contemporary realities like climate change, fatigued soil health, diminishing water resources and endangered bio-diversity are affecting the farm sector. Farming profession is becoming increasingly uneconomical and, therefore, unattractive, he added.

Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the inauguration of year long Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat

The Vice President further said that achieving self sufficiency in the pulses and oilseed sector is challenge before the country. “I am sure that with the dedication demonstrated by our agriculturists and the cutting edge research being conducted in our laboratories, we will achieve self sufficiency even in these two crops soon,” he added.

The Vice President said that fewer people than earlier are now opting for agriculture. “We need highly skilled and motivated human resources, persons who will think out of box and institutions that will foster innovation,” the Vice President added.

The Governor of Assam, Jagadish Mukhi, Assam Agriculture Minister, Atul Bora and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Meanwhile, the Vice President is schedule to launch the Atal Amrit Abhiyan, a unique health assurance program in Assam on Wednesday, April 18.

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