08 September 2021, New Delhi: Union Minister of Agriculture, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar addressing the annual general meeting of Tractor & Mechanization Association (TMA) at New Delhi said that, “It must be recognized that agriculture is our intrinsic area of strength and we should leverage our core competence in this sector to take the economy to the higher echelons of growth and prosperity. The sector has the resilience to cope with adversity and emerge even stronger in the aftermath of the crisis, as was witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The Minister mentioned that the agriculture implements, and tractors industry have made an immense contribution to the Make in India vision of the Prime Minister. Today our products have gained respect in the world. Our endeavour should be to augment our exports of agriculture implements to the global marketplace.
Speaking about the strong interdependence between the farmer, the Minister mentioned that 80 per cent of our farming community comprises small or subsistence farmers who owned less than 2 hectares of land. While the government has taken many steps to uplift the segment, industry should also come forward to produce implements so that production on the small farm becomes viable.
Acknowledging the role of technology in agriculture, the Minister elaborated on the contribution made by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra for increasing the use of technology in agriculture. However, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra has its own limitations when it comes to expanding its reach to remote villages and imparting the scientific knowledge directly to the farmer to improve the viability of the farm produce. Here the industry can come forward and help, maintained MrTomar.
Mr. T.R Kesawan, President, TMA during the welcome address, lauded the assistance provided by the government during the lockdown phase and attributed the growth of agriculture to the enlightened policies of the government during this time.
Mr Harish Sikka, Vice President, TMA proposed the vote of thanks during the meeting.