MAHARASHTRA: Suggesting farmers to stop relying on God or government, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stated that they need to take charge of their own lives to improve the lot.

Addressing an inauguration of the Krishi Vikas Exhibition at Science Core Ground on Friday evening, Gadkari also asked the farming community to change its mindset and open new technology to achieve success.

“Don’t rely on God and government. Farmers must take initiative on their own to ameliorate their lot. You yourselves are the architect of your lives. You yourselves can change your own social life, provided you adopt new technology that is based on innovative entrepreneurship,” Gadkari said and added, “This agro exhibition is for the overall development of Vidarbha farmers. Learn from the experts the new technologies and enrich and encourage yourselves from the success stories. That will pave the way for your success.”

In a suggestion to change the state of mind, the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief said, “If you change your mindset and take training, agriculture will definitely change.”

He further asked the farmers to stay strong and not lose hope even in times of crop failure. “Study the cropping pattern and change accordingly,” he advised.

Explaining that Vidarbha’s farmers were facing several issues, the Transport Minister said, “It is essential to convince them of the importance of adopting new technology. Though the farmers are in crisis, they cannot afford to be depressed. The way has to be found through these crises.”

(With PTI Inputs)

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