Aricultural growth vital for India to become a superpower

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Nagpur, Oct 15 (UNI) India can not become a superpower unless the agriculture sector in the country was boosted as seventy per cent of the population was dependent on it for their livelihood, Union Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources Vilas Muttemwar said today.

Inaugurating ''Agrovision 2007'', a four-day national expo, conference and symposium on agriculture here, Mr Muttemwar said ''Prima facie, the rise in the Sensex or the growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have not benefited the farmer. It is necessary to solve his problems on a priority''.

Nearly 30 per cent of the country's population lived below the poverty line, and another 30 per cent just above it, Mr Muttemwar said, adding that the situation must be changed.

Earlier, Mr Muttemwar lit the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of the exposition. The event, being organised by the Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED), will consist of an exhibition, workshops, a conference on agri-marketing and a symposium on bio-fuel.

The workshops are aimed at guiding farmers on additional activities that they can adopt for alternative sources of income for alleviation of poverty.

The agri-marketing conference will feature discussions and presentations on agricultural marketing reforms, direct marketing and contract farming, private agriculture market, marketing infrastructure, supply chain and logistics, banking, finance, and other marketing services. The event is being supported by the Department of Agriculture of the Government of Maharashtra.


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