Speaker: Dr D M Panchbhai & Shri Milind Shende
VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum organized a program on “Towards Green & Prosperous Future” on 02nd April, 2019 at VIA.
Mr Om Jajodia, Chairman of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum emphasized that since many years VIA has taken initiative for betterment of farmers and promoting them towards Organic Farming in segment of Nursery Business as well. We are trying to give new dimensions in the nursery business, With systematic approach, the yield of Cotton & Pulses can be increased and it will support agro-economy of our region. Nursery business has great potential for micro & small business for the uneducated unemployed youths. Today’s major problem is pollution, which have caused many diseases such as cancer, asthma, TB etc. and to control such situations the organic greenery needs to be developed, no other options will give satisfactory results. Currently everyone wants to eat healthy and organic so the organic agri-practices are an ocean of opportunities for us.
Mr Milind Shende shared important insights about the horticulture. He said horticulture crops should be developed in certified farms only & such farm owner those who are selling grafts, seeds, fertilizers etc should obtain proper license. Pulses & Cotton saplings can be developed as a profitable venture & certified organic produces have huge demand in domestic & international markets. Approximately 5 lac acre area is available in our region for agriculture & Agriculture Department has various schemes & technologies for agriculture practices & value addition in same.
Dr. Dewanand Panchbhai stressed on the overall revival of natural eco-system, tree plantation is majorly accepted solution for it but due to modernization, deforestation is happening at rapid rate. In nursery business, we choose seeds or grown-up plants, it has been observed that the 1-2 years old saplings are very suitable for transportation & plantation as their mortality rate is very less. We should promote & adapt indigenous species rather than foreign species. Our government takes various initiatives for tree plantation projects, dry land fruit plants should be planted in such areas & it will boost not just economy but it will also improve atmospheric conditions. The organic plantation has tremendous opportunities in value addition & exports worldwide. Another segment in nursery business is floriculture; it doesn’t need any kind of licenses. Ornamental plants have great scope for landscape development. Many of developers are looking for such exotic plants for construction sites. Production of healthy & organic food has become basic need of our life. According to one of the report of WHO, in coming years around 80% population will suffer from cancer & reason for such alarming condition is high use of chemical pesticides. Local farmers should form a community for development of organic seeds & saplings from indigenous species. Such farmers’ community should work in direction of producing value added products, also branding & marketing of same. Nursery business in low investment & high return business, one should have commercial approach to develop the value chain in this filed.
Prof. Ashit Sinha, Mentor of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum summed up the session with formal vote of thanks and said there is no other business like Agriculture which gives multiple output. He also said Agro-preneurs should come forward to develop culture of organic food production. At present organic seed production, preservation of such seeds are very important.
Ms Shachi Mallik, Convenor of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum said we feel this message should be shared with the nursery owners so that all developed plants should reach to farmers in trays & farmers should also learn new techniques developing plants first & then putting them on field for cultivation. we will continue the efforts on Healthy leaving without medicine, also doing programs and will continue this movement by organizing this type of sessions.
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