New Delhi: The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has said that our farmers are venerable and adorable like the soldiers, guarding the borders of the country. He said, farmers do a lot of sacrifice to feed the countrymen and added that farming and securing the borders are equally important vocations, which enriches the soul of the country.
Tomar said this at a programme on the ‘Expansion of Horticulture Value Chain in India’ in Pune today. This programme was organized by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in which people related to horticulture field including farmers, FPOs, start-ups and bankers were present.
Tomar in his address said that if the villages are prosperous and self-reliant, then the country itself will become prosperous and self-sufficient. Tomar said that agriculture is our priority and the backbone of our economy. He said that there is a need to pioneer the agriculture sector because the traditional economy of agriculture and villages is the biggest strength of the country. No matter how adverse the situation, agriculture always proves helpful for our economy. He said that the merchant-entrepreneur should give the maximum price of agricultural produce to the farmer. This will not only make our farmers prosperous but also inspire the next generation to do farming.
Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Abdul Sattar and State Horticulture Minister Sandipanrao Bhumre, Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja, Additional Secretary Abhilaksh Likhi, Joint Secretary Priya Ranjan, Horticulture Commissioner Prabhat Kumar, Maharashtra Agriculture Secretary Eknath Navale were present on this occasion. Tomar honored the farmers and inaugurated the Horticulture Exhibition.