Dates: 20-21 March 2003
Place: SKUAST(J), Jammu - 180012 (J&K)
Sustainability of Agriculture Production and Value Addition in the
Context of WTO
Challenges to Indian
Agriculture in the context of WTO.
in rainfed and hilly areas.
development and acceptability of transgenic crops.
Processing of farm
produce and value addition under changing market scenerio.
technology in agriculture.
production costs, improvement in quality of agricultural produce and
processing and storage facilities with infrastructure need priority
Specific land use
systems of Western Himalayas must take into account quality and size
of land holding, degrading soil fertility, low soil temperature,
high rainfall and soil erosion.
Rain-fed areas not
suited for crop production, should be developed as pasture and
grazing lands for live stock production. This will certainly help in
raising the economic status of the farmers.
Farm machinery like
seed-cum-fertilizer drill, which help in timely sowing and
fertilizer placement, need to be popularized.
The contingent plans
for aberrant weather conditions need to be developed well in advance
and also some policy issues like improvement in credit availability,
extension of crop insurance schemes to rain-fed areas etc. need to
Benefits should be
derived from the advancements in transgenic for insect/pests
resistance, reduction in post-harvest losses and development of
value-added food products with special reference to improving
quantity and quality of oils, proteins and vitamins.
Since the research in
the field of genetic engineering and bio-technology is a costly
affair, a joint approach for development of transgenic amongst
agricultural and traditional universities should be followed.
The research and
development should give emphasis on pre-harvest management, primary
processing, diversified use of products/bio- products and creation
of new markets.
To meet WTO
obligations in the years to come, the politicians, bureaucrats and
technocrats need to join hands for reduction in cost of production,
sustainable production and value addition, so as to cater to the
needs of domestic and international market.
conservation technology in agriculture, the participatory approach
of farmers or warabandi system of irrigation need to be adopted with
the help of line departments.