Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) Vice Chancellor P. Rajendran has stressed the need for optimum use of technology for sustainable development of agriculture.
Addressing participants during a two-day training programme in high-tech farming here, the Vice Chancellor said efforts to enhance productivity and combat the challenges of climate fluctuations would not succeed unless appropriate technology was employed. “Technological advancement is vital to the progress of the agriculture sector. At the same time, an imperfect or inappropriate step will do more harm than good. Therefore, the competence of the scientist, harnessing of technology in real conditions and ensuring its efficacy are extremely important.
KAU always ensures efficacy of its technologies before transferring them to the farming community. The recognition and acceptance of hi-tech farming models propagated by KAU are proof for this,” he said.
In her presidential address, Director of Extension Dr. P.B. Pushpalatha said the University was helping farmers and agri-entrepreneurs with advanced technologies to enable them to achieve success in their endeavours. “We have developed a series of training modules to suit various stakeholders to ensure successful transfer of technology,” she added. ESAF Director George Thomas honoured Associate Professor Dr. P. Suseela for her services to popularise hi-tech farming on the occasion.