Governor H.P Acharya Devvrat called upon young and budding scientists to go in the fields and produce such a research work in the field of natural farming so that it reached to the one and all farmers of the state.
Governor was addressing students and teachers of Dr. Y.S Parmar University on the occasion of 34th foundation day of the University of Nauni, in District Solan today.
The Governor also inaugurated Geetanjali Hostel for girls in the University established at the cost of Rs. 2.50 crore. He also went around Subhash Palekar agri research block of the University.
Governor on this occasion offered floral tribute on the statue of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar.
The Governor on this occasion said that the side effects of excessive usage of chemical fertilizers have started degrading the fertility of soil. As per the report of scientists of Agriculture University, Hisar and Agricultural University Ludhiana, the ground water level in these two states is going down by four feet per year and the organic carbon of the land is also diminishing.
He said that the use of chemical fertilizers also creating harmful effects on human health.
The Governor said that in order to maintain the fertility of soil, to save man and animals from the adverse effects of chemical fertilizers and to increase the income of the farmers at zero cost, there is a need to promote natural farming at the bigger level.
He said that natural farming is also helpful in environmental conservation and recharging of ground water.
He urged agri scientists to preserve traditional seeds for agriculture and try to improve its quality so that output could be increased. He said Nauni University is capable of taking such initiatives and implementing these results in field.
Acharya Devvrat urged farmers and horticulturists of the state to produce more fruits and vegetables as per the ability of Himachal’s land and also promote floriculture. He said that agricultural scientists need to do more research in this direction. He said that agricultural scientists should also work towards modern technology and research in order to make them available to farmers at their farms.
The Governor urged the teachers and students to make the University an ideal for agricultural and horticultural research so that the entire country can get benefited from the research done here.
He congratulated the teachers and students on the occasion of the 34th Foundation anniversary of the University and hoped that the University will work hard in the direction of promoting natural farming as per the requirement.
Acharya Devvrat, honoured the Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr. SS Negi, Dr. RP Awasthi, Dr. Jagmohan Singh, Dr. K.R. Dheman and Vijay Singh Thakur.
He also honoured the meritorious students, the University staff and progressive farmers.
Acharya Devvrat on this occasion released the books ‘Disease Experiments in Vegetable Production’ written by Dr. S.K. Gupta and ‘Objective Biochemistry and Bio Technology’ written by Dr. A.K Nath.
University Vice-Chancellor Dr. H.S Sharma welcomed the Chief Guest and apprised him of the activities of the University.
DC Solan Vinod Kumar, SP Madhusudan Sharma, University Registrar Rajesh Maria, Professor, Students and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.>