Agriculture crucial for rural development: Andhra CM

Hyderabad, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
South Asian countries will continue to depend on agriculture production for their overall economic development, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has said.

Inaugurating the South Asia regional conference of International Association of Agricultural Economists here on Wednesday, Dr Reddy said that agriculture is a complex subject involving physical, chemical, biological and microbiological processes and operations. Hence, he said, no country could develop without agriculture development.

I believe that organising such a conference is timely and relevant and hopefully it would find solutions for improving the agricultural economy and rural livelihood of SAARC countries, Dr Reddy said. He suggested to the economists gathered at the conference to seriously look at the China model, which has solved the problem of food security by adopting novel irrigation methods.

I am not against mechanisation. It is required to increase productivity. But the society must find alternative employment for farm labourers who are displaced due to mechanisation, he pointed out. He proposed value addition of agri products as one of the ways to find alternative employment in rural areas.