Delivering his address at the ninth convocation of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) here on Tuesday, he spoke on making farming remunerative by linking it with veterinary, fishery and horticulture and in turning every farmer into an entrepreneur. “The required business skills have to be imparted in the farmers. Agriculture has to be viewed in that perspective and this narrative has to be brought into farming and allied sectors”, he pointed out. Dr. Mohapatra also added that it required market linkage, productivity enhancement, diversification into allied areas, food processing and value addition.
While the country had succeeded in milk production by touching 176 million tonnes and growing at an unparalleled 6% rate, he maintained that the per capita milk availability had also exceeded the level recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO). Similarly, the poultry and fisheries sectors grew phenomenally to reach impressive figures, fetching over 7 billion USD through export. Crediting cattle rearers for production, he appreciated the scientific fraternity for bringing modern vaccines at affordable rates and introduced induced breeding programmes, slashing the cost of animal feed, all of which went into enhancing productivity.
Governor and Chancellor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan called upon the graduates to don a pivotal role in tackling air, water and industrial pollution, but also in reaching out to animals desperately waiting for medical intervention in the countryside. He spoke on the evil effects of pesticides and the need to promote greener alternatives to save the future generations. He later presented gold medals and awards to meritorious students.
In his annual report, Vice-Chancellor Y. Hari Babu listed out the developmental activities taken up in the year such as new buildings under construction, farmer training programmes, health centre and so on. Accompanied by TUDA Chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy and Collector Bharat N. Gupta, the Governor planted a sapling on his arrival at the campus earlier.