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Experts for reviving agriculture to prevent farmers’ suicides

Amritsar: Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar on Friday organised a national seminar, titled ‘Agricultural and rural diversification’ in the seminar hall of Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan of the university. The seminar, however, had been sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Delivering the keynote address in the seminar, Prof Pradeep Bhargav, director of G B Pant institute of social sciences, Allahabad, highlighed the historical background of Punjab’s agriculture and asserted that the profession of agriculture in the state had now fallen flat. He regretted that the state, once known to be food basket of india, was now bleeding.

“Owing to many important factors, like- depleting groundwater level, resorting to single crop norm and burden of indebtedness upon the peasantry, the avocation of agriculture in Punjab was now in shambles,” Bhargav claimed. He, however, suggested the farmers of the state not to resort to make use of insecticides and pesticides upon their crops in excess quantity as it resulted in deterioration of soil quality.

Dean, Academic Affairs of GNDU, Navdeep Singh, in his presidential address, underlined the need of taking necessary steps on priority basis in order to revive and agriculture as it would result in preventing the farming community from committing suicides in the state. “If the profession of agriculture in Punjab is made viable, the state’s economy too, would see a considerable improvement and consequently the business and salaried class would also be benefited from it,” he remarked.

Seminar’s coordinator, Prof Parminder Singh conducted the proceedings of the seminar while Kuldeep Kaur, organising secretary of the fete thanked the distinguished guests for making the seminar a success.

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