The farmers should not get disheartened due to drought as it is a natural calamity. They should fight against it with confidence and to help them surmount the crisis, social, political, economic, and techno experts should join hands," said former Minister for sports and youth affairs and MLC Diliprao Deshmukh.
Speaking further, Deshmukh said that all the farmers who are members of sugar factories from Manjra group will be encouraged to cultivate sugarcane with the help of modern drip and sprinkle irrigation. In the coming years, we intend to make the sugarcane cultivation cent percent on drip. Due to lack of insufficient rainfall, we could not witness the results of gutter straightening scheme (nala saralikaran yojna). If the results of this project are favorable, we will think of furthering this project in the next five years. It's high time that farmers adopt high tech farming methods to improve their productivity"
"Its really an agonising situation, on the one hand there is plenty of production of food grains and on other hand the farmers are not able to reap profit out of it. It's high time that agri products are paid well," he said. Collector Pandurang Pole said, "We cannot afford to neglect agriculture in India because it's still the backbone of our economy. The farmers should be adept in high tech farming which is less water fed. The government has been encouraging farmers to take up high tech farming." The Agri Techno Fest will witness expert guidance on fodder management on drought, crop protection techniques, vegetable cultivation, water management for pomegranate, etc.