Intensify research for optimum agriculture productivity:J

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Srinagar, Jan 13 (UNI) Calling for more advanced research for achieving optimum production of high yielding crops, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt General (Rted) S K Sinha said, death of people due to starvation in the country is a dark chapter of our history as India has become now food surplus from food deficit Nation.

General Sinha complimented agricultural scientists for enviable green revolution over the year but called for advanced research for achieving optimum production of high yielding crops.

Inaugurating Krisihi Vigyan Kendra of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST) at snow-clad Bandipora, about 55 km from here today, the Governor exhorted the scientists to ensure dissemination of their experiments at the ground level for the benefit of farming community as a whole.

''Extension agencies have a bounden duty to acquaint farmers with latest technology and methods of cultivation,'' he added.

He recalled the strides made in the field of agriculture in the country and said continuous and sustained research besides hard toil of millions of farmers steered India to food surplus from food deficit Nation.

He referred to the Bengal famine and perishing of humans due to starvation, which is now a dark chapter of our history as we are moving ahead with a great deal of promise and hope.

The Governor said this is an unparalleled success story which demonstrates the talent and vision of our scientists.

General Sinha also expressed happiness over the involvement of women in economic activities and said their economic emancipation is imperative for the healthy growth of society.

Women, he said, constitute a most vital segment of our society and their empowerment and role in decision making is of immense importance for the healthy growth of our social order.

He also said economic emancipation holds key to empowerment of women and the contribution of women to rural economy has been enormous.

The Governor stressed the need for multiple specialisations in various disciplines, saying research holds key to development and prosperity.

The knowledge base has to be translated into reality on ground so that research percolates down to grass root level.

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