JORHAT, Nov 15 � Participating in the 19th convocation of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) today, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said his government is committed to achieving agricultural production of 340 million tonnes by 2030 through innovative techniques and other scientific applications so that the country can export, besides being self-sufficient in food.
Inspiring the students and teachers of the university Dr Balyan, an alumnus of Haryana Agricultural University, said that the future of the students is bright as 70 per cent of the population in the country depends on agriculture.
Citing various development programes in the agricultural sector, the Union Minister asked the ex-students to provide a helping hand to the farmers in the State as well as other parts of the country. Stressing the application of technology in agricultural sector, the Union Minister cited several development programes of the government which are expected to enrich agriculture and food processing sector in the Northeast.
Attending the programme Chancellor of the university Governor JB Patnaik said the State is experiencing a food deficit of around 7 lakh tonnes and he hoped that the efforts of AAU and the State government will reduce it. �In regards to the State of Assam, it is experiencing a food deficit of around 7 lakh tonnes and I am confident that with the visionary zeal of Assam Agricultural University together with the effort of the State government, this gap will be fulfilled very soon,� Patnaik said.
Narrating various achievements of AAU, Vice Chancellor Dr KM Bujarbaruah requested Dr Balyan to provide necessary assistance so that the university can carry on its ongoing academic and practical efforts for achieving success in future for the benefit of farmers and others concerned.