Chandigarh: To find ways for an enhanced production through public-private partnership, a meeting of agriculture scientists began at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) in Hisar on Tuesday.

The meeting is attended by representatives of state agricultural universities, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Vice-Chancellor of CCSHAU Dr K S Khokhar, who inaugurated the event, emphasised on the need of public-private partnership to achieve targets of poverty alleviation, food security and improvement in nutritional status in the country.

Noting that there was no dearth of technology in the country to increase productivity, Khokhar said the Centre and state governments have already initiated steps and constituted working groups in this regard.

He also held help of private sector crucial for commercial application of farm products and said joint efforts through PPP mode will not only reduce production cost, but will also make availability of technology faster.

"In most of the developed countries, both public and private sectors are closely working together," he was quoted as saying by an official release.

Khokhar also brushed aside controversy over GM crops, and termed them crucial for achieving food security.

Arvind Kapur, Member of CII National Council of Agriculture, pressed for technology that can withstand climatic pressures like drought, flood and high temperature.


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