Industry should engage with govt to reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides: Tomar

New Delhi, June 23 (Mayank Nigam) Private sector should come forward and support the government in reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the agriculture sector, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday. “Profit is very important for the farmers in the agriculture sector. Increase in production is also necessary. It is imperative to increase the profits in the field of agriculture and post-harvest losses to the farmers should be minimal for which the government is working on several schemes,” he said while addressing the ‘11th Agrochemicals Conference 2022 -Policy Landscape for a Flourishing Agrochemicals Industry’, organized by FICCI, with the support of Department of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt of India.

Tomar said the government is promoting the use of newer technology to be adopted by the farmers to produce expensive crops. “Work is also being done to ensure uniformity in production of crops along with ensuring quality in the production”, he added. The Minister also emphasized that today, horticulture should be promoted so that India can become self-reliant in every respect. “Our country is in a very good position from the point of view of food grains. To compete at the global level, we have to look towards developed countries and move ahead with them,” he said.