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Innovation in farming need of the hour: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi:  Countries across the world are facing a threat of climate change and there is an urgent need for innovation in agriculture, said Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu.

The minister said that in the next few years there will be more demand for food as the world population is growing and therefore there is a need for agri-startups to produce more food crops in limited fertile soil and less water.  Suresh Prabhu also called for innovations to minimize wastage of food grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The Commerce Minister added that the agricultural sector will have immense possibilities for startups, which are now confined mainly to think tanks and manufacturing.

He stressed high yielding and disease resistant crop varieties, soil nutrient maps, improved design of dairy, poultry, and fisheries technologies should be developed with new innovations.

Urging the agriculture-based startups to become more innovative Suresh Prabhu said that the government is working on a comprehensive strategy for facilitating the growth of start-ups. He said that the ministry is actively engaged with the startup community.

The minister gave away innovation awards to agri-startups in different categories and also released the PWC Knowledge report of FICCI.

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