ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Farming Needs Young Blood

Indian agriculture has an image problem. There is decreasing interest among educated rural youth to enter agriculture-related professions due to the persistent perception of agriculture as an outdated occupation with minimal financial returns.

Technology could make agriculture more attractive to the younger generations. Young farmers—yuva kisans—can help self-help groups manufacture and sell the ­biological software essential for sustainable agriculture, bio fertilisers, biopesticides, and vermiculture. Young farmers can also establish gyan choupals or village knowledge centres. They can organise mobile soil-cum-water quality testing works and go from village to village in areas where they work and issue soil health and water quality cards to farmers. The trained youths can help rural communities to organise gene-seed-grain-water banks, thereby linking conservation, cultivation, consumption, and commerce in a mutually reinforced manner. Thus, new agriculture movement based on the integrated applications of science and social wisdom could be possible.

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