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February 08, 2019 06:35 PM | Agriculture

To attract millennials, India should make agriculture economically viable, says MS Swaminathan

Father of green revolution MS Swaminathan on Friday said to attract the younger generation, India should make the agriculture sector economically viable as at this moment it is not yielding any profit currently.

The younger generation thinks it is far risky a profession and insurance is not adequate to cover various risks, Swaminathan told CNBC-TV18.

“The whole question of agriculture depends on both technology and public policy. So, technology has to improve and public policy has to be small-farm oriented,” he said.

It is also important to tell farmers what to sow and why, and explain to them about the benefits of crop diversification, Swaminathan added.

According to him, doubling farmer income is not difficult because there are technologies available which can help them to increase income.

"Some of the problems that we face in our country are there is no adequate consultation between farmers and states, as well as interstate consultations. Each state has its own problems and policies," Swaminathan said.

There is a need to take cues from international markets and have strong international trade policies, he added.
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