GUWAHATI, Oct 5 - State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora today said it is imperative for a country to have a skilled youth population to achieve holistic development of the country as a whole and the State in particular.
�India has the world�s largest youth population and we must tap the potential to march forward as a State and as a nation,� the Minister said while speaking at the regional Workshop on Skill Development in Agriculture and Allied Sectors in NE Region at athe Assam Administrative Staff College here.
The workshop was organised by the Extension Education Institute (Ne-region) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture.
�To achieve the government�s target of doubling farmers� income by 2022, it is a must to have a pool of skilled people both in agriculture and allied sectors,� Bora said.
The Minister also said that the government is taking all necessary steps to increase the volume of export of agriculture produce to foreign countries.
Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University Dr Kamal Malla Buzarbaruah said that only 5 per cent of the people involved in agricultural practices in India are skilled.
�To reap maximum benefits, we will need skilled people from the very first stage and that is possible only by imparting proper training to the youths,� he said.