Punjab Governor, Shivraj Patil, Wednesday said that the state needs innovation more than any other place in the country in the food processing sector as nearly 30 per cent of its production is getting wasted every year.
Addressing a DST-Lockheed Martin India innovation growth programme here on Wednesday, Patil said that there is a need for technological intervention in the areas of diary and agriculture production in the state. “Punjab is a state which has not only started the White Revolution but Green Revolution as well. There is however a need for more technological adaptation in these sectors,” he said.
Patil said that innovation is the catalyst for growth. He added that the future will depend on knowledge and innovation and more than the capital and labour it will be innovation which will drive the growth. “Innovation is the key to doing things better, faster and cheaper leading to higher productivity and efficiency,” he said.
The Governor said that technologies in India should fulfil the local needs.
Patil also said that there was no dearth of innovative technologies in India and the techniques developed by the national and the state laboratories should be transferred to the industries for them to be supplied to different fields. “There is an urgent need for interaction and cooperation between the academia, R and D labs and the industry to enable successful commercialisation of the technological innovations taking place in the country,” he said.