Home Nation World Business Politics Odd & Weird Region Entertainment Education
Pardaphash Logo
Hindi


Punjab's farmers fully support FDI: Manmohan Singh




Published by: Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: Sat, 08 Dec 2012 at 12:36 IST
Punjab's farmers fully support FDI: Manmohan Singh
Ludhiana: India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again backed the decision of bringing Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail on Saturday. He said that the decision would be beneficial for thousands of farmers of India as it would bring the latest technology and sophisticated equipment in agriculture sector.

Speaking at the golden jubilee convocation of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus here, the Prime Minister said that the decision was supported by the farmers of Punjab, the state that is also known as food bowl of the country.

"Our decision to allow FDI in retail, which was approved by parliament only yesterday (Friday), was strongly supported by farmer's organisations in Punjab. It will, I suggest, introduce new technology and investment in marketing agricultural produce," he said.

"India, I sincerely feel, must take full advantage of modern technology and the operational and management experience of big supply chains in the food retail business to make this happen. I am confident that it will benefit our farmers, and the consumers of our country."

In his address, Manmohan Singh urged the agricultural universities and other institutions to start working to meet the existing and future challenges in the agriculture sector.

"The future is rarely a linear extrapolation of the past. Circumstances change and new challenges arise. It is therefore important to identify the challenges of the emerging future and start working right now to meet those challenges. It is evident that several stress points have emerged in Punjab's agriculture which need to be addressed," he said.

"The sustainability of water use in agriculture has emerged as a major problem in Punjab. Exploitation of ground water far exceeds the rate of recharge and that is leading to a steady decline in the water table. This is clearly not sustainable.

"Similar problems exist in other parts of the country, but they are most severe in Punjab, where 80 percent of the development blocks are now categorised as over-exploited," he said.

The prime minister also praised the results of the government's National Food Security Mission.

"The National Food Security Mission that our government launched in the year 2007 aimed at increasing production of wheat, rice and pulses by providing better access to high quality seeds and other inputs at subsidized prices as well as creating awareness about improved production practices. These efforts are yielding positive results," he said.

During the convocation, PAU Chancellor and Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil conferred the degrees of doctor of science (honoris causa) on Manmohan Singh.

Ludhiana is some 100 km from Chandigarh.

Previous
Republic Day 2015
Republic Day 2015
US President Barack Obama's Three-Day India Visit
US President Barack Obama's Three-Day India Visit
Advocate Protest in Lucknow
Advocate Protest in Lucknow
Sensuous Jacqueline Fernandez in Roy
Sensuous Jacqueline Fernandez in Roy
Poonam Pandey in Telugu debut flick Malini & Co.
Poonam Pandey in Telugu debut flick Malini & Co.
Celebrities seen at Charan Singh Sapra's 'Lohri Di Raat' event
Celebrities seen at Charan Singh Sapra's 'Lohri Di Raat' event
Road Safety Week Launched to Spread Awareness About Traffic Rules
Road Safety Week Launched to Spread Awareness About Traffic Rules
Red Hot Poonam Pandey Sizzles down South
Red Hot Poonam Pandey Sizzles down South
Exclusive: Sunny Leone’s hot-sexy snaps from Mastizaade
Exclusive: Sunny Leone’s hot-sexy snaps from Mastizaade
Steamy Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover in scary Alone!
Steamy Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover in scary Alone!
Taylor Swift Hot Pictures From Magazine Covers
Taylor Swift Hot Pictures From Magazine Covers
Sunny Leone sets sea on fire for Manforce ad campaign
Sunny Leone sets sea on fire for Manforce ad campaign
Most popular scenes from Bollywood epic film DDLJ
Most popular scenes from Bollywood epic film DDLJ
Poonam Pandey exposes seductively for Brexelant breast enhancement cream campaign
Poonam Pandey exposes seductively for Brexelant breast enhancement cream campaign
Lucknow Mahotsav begins
Lucknow Mahotsav begins
Next
BREAKING NEWS
Indian Mercantile Co-operative bank caused loss of several crores to UP Jal Nigam
Pardaphash soon to expose the ‘ticket selling’ game of regional political parties
 
Opinion Polls
Who will win Bigg Boss 8?
Gautam Gulati
Karishma Tanna
Ali Quli Mirza
Dimpy Ganguly
Pritam Singh


Pardaphash name, logo and all associated elements ® and © 2011 Mahakaal News Management Pvt. Ltd.
All rights reserved. Pardaphash and the Pardaphash logo are registered marks of Mahakaal News management Pvt. Ltd.
Pardaphash is hosted with Enzoo could compute engine.
Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
This page is generated in : 0.008 Seconds




EXCLUSIVE: Daddu Prasad slams Mayawati; Says ticket trading is like selling dignity of our sisters, daughters