Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar Friday appealed to the youth to take up agriculture as a profession.
"Our country needs students to run the agriculture sector. Agriculture has a lot of potential as a profession. By taking it up as a career, you will not only be fulfilling a personal dream of reaching the top, but also rendering your services to the process of nation-building," he said.
He was speaking as chief guest at the convocation ceremony of the Vaikunthlal Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) here. Degrees and diplomas were awarded to successful students from eight different batches on the occasion.
Citing examples of some noted business innovators who had to start from scratch, Anwar appealed to students to make a beginning in a certain direction with new ideas and imagination.
"Developing nations like India rely heavily upon agriculture to ensure household food and nutritional security to its citizens. This is achieved by the relentless work of researchers and farmers across the country," he said. Anwar pledged financial help for VAMNICOM.
National Council for Cooperative Training Chairman Chandrapal Singh Yadav, veteran cooperative leader Shivajirao Deshmukh, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Tukaram More and VAMNICOM Director Sanjeeb Patjoshi also addressed students on the occasion.