President Ram Nath Kovind has encouraged the farm scientists to use their education to create self-employment ventures. The president was speaking at the convocation ceremony of Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh.
Addressing the gathering at the ceremony, he said, “Several enthusiastic youths have opted for their own ventures in agri sector after attaining education and started organic farming of fruits, vegetables and flowers and have become exporters of these produce”.
He presented gold medals and conferred degrees on 462 students and said, “it is encouraging that the girls have surpassed boys and out of nine medal winners, six are girls and one of them got two medals.” “Girls are proving their supremacy in education, sports, research, defense sciences, aviation and other areas which is a good sign for the country,” he said.
He states that the field of fruit and vegetable processing is full of opportunities and setting up the cold storages will save the farmers from losses. Appreciating the State for making a niche in agri-products’ market, Kovind said that the effort by Himachal Pradesh has made the fruits like Kinnauri apples, Sirmaur flowers and Solan mushrooms famous worldwide.
Addressing the students at the ceremony, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat urged students to always acknowledge the contribution of teachers in shaping their lives. Being the first Horticulture University in the country and only one in the State, horticulturists have great expectations from it.
Devvrat said that in order to promote zero budget natural farming in the state, the university was implementing Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) model in its campus. Such farming would not only help in environment conservation, minimal wastage of water and increase the soil fertility, but will also produce healthy food.