Nauni/Solan: To identify gaps in research and development, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has advocated for a critical evaluation of research and extension activities.
The Chief Minister, while speaking at the Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni said that it was necessary to learn new techniques in research and extension from other countries as America, Sweden, New-Zealand and few countries of Europe, which were known for its agro-economy.
He asked to prepare a meticulous plan for practising the renewal techniques of the orchards to ensure better remuneration for fruits and vegetables growers. He also pitched for the digital marketing concept and assured to make all marketing yards online in the State at the earliest.
The Chief Minister advised farmers to make good use of internet as it can help farmers to learn new techniques, the latest rates of the market and the right time to sell their produce. He said that more practical demonstrations and more seminars were required to be conducted where deliberations and research could be discussed with the farmers and new technology introduced and taken to the farms.
Virbhadra Singh said that the government was considering to increase the water intake capacity for the University and the Irrigation and Public Health department would be directed to take necessary measures for lifting water to facilitate the university and so as to overcome the problem.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the solar fencing as designed by the University for keeping wild animals and monkeys away from farm.