Adopt digital technology for faster growth in agriculture: Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan

Adopt digital technology for faster growth in agriculture: Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan

Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan participates in the 51st Convocation of ANGRAU 

Vijayawada, March 4 (prajaamaravati): Andhra Pradesh Governor Sri Biswabhusan Harichandan and Chancellor of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, presided over the 51st annual convocation of the university held in Mahati Auditorium in Tirupati, in virtual mode from Raj Bhavan here on Friday.

Delivering the Convocation address, Governor Sri Harichandan said “to keep pace with the growing demands on food security, technology development and adoption should be at a faster rate and the Indian agriculture needs to adopt digital technologies that have the potential to offer out of the box solutions and ideas.” He further added that the farmers can reap more economic benefits with smart technologies and smart decisions. 

The Chancellor advised the students and the faculty to visit the agricultural fields and interact with the farmers who are toiling under the hot sun and rain and know their difficulties. He said organic farming is the way forward as it is the need of the hour and more research requires to be conducted in this area and farmers should be made aware of the benefits of organic farming and they are encouraged to adopt it in a big way. 

The Chancellor further said that “Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University has shown good progress in application of novel agricultural technologies such as Drone Technology, Geo-Spatial Technology, Nano-Technology in offering sustainable solutions.”  He appreciated the efforts of the University Faculty in advocating precision farming and sustainable agriculture for establishing an exclusive Centre for ‘A.P. Sensors & Smart Applications Research in Agriculture (APSARA)’ in Lam, Guntur and is researching on several agriculture-related applications.  

The Chancellor congratulated Dr. Ashok Dalwai, Chief Executive Officer, National Rain-fed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and Chairman of the Empowered Body, Doubling Farmers’ Income, for the Degree of Honoris Causa conferred on him by the University. The Chancellor also congratulated the winners of gold medals, awards, and distinctions for their zeal and perseverance in acquiring knowledge and for achieving excellence in their chosen field. 

Dr. A. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Vice Chancellor, read out the annual report of the University. Dr. V. Changa Reddy and Dr. S. Vishnuvardhan of the University presented a memento to the Chancellor. Sri R.P. Sisodia, Special Chief Secretary to Governor, also attended the convocation from Raj Bhavan.