‘Resurgence needed in agriculture sector’

Published: 21st June 2012 11:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2012 11:40 AM   |  A+A-

A seminar, focusing on the development and sustainable growth of agriculture sector in Kerala, was held here on Wednesday. Titled ‘Agriwisdom’, the seminar was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).

Rubber Board chairperson Sheela Thomas said in her inaugural address that a resurgence is needed in the agriculture sector of the state.

 “At present, the  products of Agricultural University is not reaching the farmers of the state. What the university produces need to reach the hands of the farmers without any delay so that they will get quality products which will in turn increase the productivity,” she said.

Sheela further pointed out that more youngsters should be motivated to opt agriculture as a career. “Nowadays, those who study in Agriculture Universities are not getting directly involved in farming,” she added.

In his keynote address, former Kerala Agriculture University VC K R Viswambharan said the non-availability of land for cultivation is one of the biggest challenges faced by the farmers. “The government should take steps to make sure that the price for the land for agriculture purpose is fixed in a reasonable way. The policies of the government should be changed in this regard,” he said.

ICCI president Prakash James and ICICI Bank zonal head T V Narayanan also spoke. A motivational session was handled by Dynamic Results managing director Christopher C Doyle. Senior journalist Sreekumar Raghavan moderated a panel discussion on the topic - Kerala, a hub of agri products.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp