Addressing the gathering during the 8th National Livestock Championship and Expo here, he said that the Indian economy was agrarian in nature as over 60 per cent people were directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture.
    
He said that even most of the industries were dependent on it for raw material and other inputs.
Badal stressed that it was the need of the hour to strengthen agriculture and its allied sectors for making India a prosperous, healthy and advanced nation.
    
Recalling the role played by Punjab in Green revolution, the Chief Minister said that earlier despite around two per cent area, the farmers of the state have made the country self-reliant in food production by bringing about Green revolution.
    
He said that now the farmers of state were on threshold of ushering an era of white revolution by contributing a major chunk of milk at national level.
    
"It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction that despite having two per cent cows/buffaloes our farmers were contributing 10 per cent of total milk production in the country," he noted.
    
Buoyed over the participation of cattle rearers from across the country, he said that it was an encouraging sign as it would help the state government achieve its target of crop diversification by promoting allied farming activities like dairy, fishery, apiary and others.

 

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