SHILLONG: Meghalaya Home Minister James K Sangma during the inauguration of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) East Zone Vice Chancellors meet at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) on Friday said that there is a need to push agriculture as a viable profession.
The Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the AIU East Zone Vice Chancellors meet at NEHU, Shillong. “Until and unless we make agriculture more viable our youth will not opt for it and at the end of the day we may have technology and knowledge but we need food to provide us energy to keep moving forward,” Sangma said during his speech.
“If we can encourage our young generation to go back to the agricultural fields and give a boost to agriculture it will create a positive impact and one of them is the reverse migration of youths from rural villages into the city seeking for job opportunities,” he said. The Minister said that many of our youths who are seeking jobs and employment are migrating to the city and in turn the city is getting choked and overcrowded and reverse migration will be achieved only is agriculture is more viable “Until and unless agriculture is given that thrust and push that food will not come to our plates.
We as a nation must take proactive steps to optimizing our domestic production in terms of food grains and other agriculture viable produce,” he said. He also urged the delegation at the East Zone meet to also look at skill development in the field of agriculture with an aim to make agriculture a more viable profession in their discussion during the two day meet.