Cooperative Agri Movement, an Urgent Need: Ex-President - The New Indian Express

Cooperative Agri Movement, an Urgent Need: Ex-President

Published: 26th January 2014 09:47 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2014 09:47 AM

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday said that cooperative movement in agriculture is the need of the hour to increase productivity and meet the future food security standards.

He was addressing the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) here. Kalam said there was clear evidence to indicate that the use of GM crops has given benefits, but the controversy around it is yet to die.He exhorted OUAT to come up with a syllabus on cooperative farming and entrepreneurship. He said that graduate students will play an important role in introducing new farming advances and technology.

Governor SC Jamir applauded the initiative of the State Government to open 10 agro-polytechnic centres under OAUT, which cover all agro-climatic zones. EA Siddiq, SC Mohapatra and A Narain were honoured with honorary doctorates for their services in the field of agricultural science and technology. As many as  4,459 graduate and 243 post-graduate students were awarded certificates during the 33rd convocation. Eighty-five students received gold medals and 11 received cash for excelling in academics. College of Agriculture, Chiplima student Pravamanjari Giri received the gold medal for the best graduate in Agriculture in 2012.

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Debi Prasad Mishra and OUAT vice-chancellor Manoranjan Kar were also present at the event.

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