Focus now to make farming a profitable venture: Expert

TNN | Jan 31, 2020, 4:06 ISTGuntur: Renowned agriculture scientist Dr Maruthi Prasanna said a new variety of maize seed which could withstand both drought conditions and natural calamities would reach farmers shortly. He said the development of the new seed was in an advanced stage and they were planning to release it for farm experiments shortly. Dr Prasanna, director of CIMMYT at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre at Kenya, said scientists have set their focus on making cultivation a profitable venture. Addressing a national seminar at Bapatla Agriculture College in the district on Thursday, Prasanna, who was an alumni of the college, said that their focus has shifted from increasing yields to making agriculture profitable after witnessing agrarian crisis across the globe. He said that agriculture researchers should take Norman Borlaug who was a pioneer of green revolution as inspiration to make the farmers happy. “Any research should help the farmer come out of the crisis. Students should keep in mind that the purpose of their studies will be served only when the farmer is happy,” said Dr Prasanna. TNN more from times of india cities

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