Renowned agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan today said attracting young minds to farming is the key to revive the sagging sector.
“The challenge before us is to get younger generation to the fields. This is important to continue the tradition of farming,” Swaminathan, who was here to interact with a group of farmers, told PTI.
The 84-year-old former Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said conserving the farmland is an enormous challenge before the country.
He said the institutes like ICAR have been providing all possible support to the farmers. Food parks and integrated methods like fish farming will attract more people into the farm sector, which sustains over 60 per cent of population.
The MP said states like Goa should have special agriculture zones. “Horticulture is on the right path and similarly we need to have agriculture zones.