Senior cabinet ministers and bureaucrats of the West Bengal Government on Wednesday urged industrialists to invest in agriculture instead of looking forward to large manufacturing industries.
“You have to invest in agriculture. You must see the agriculture sector as an industry too,” said Subhasis Batabyal, parliament secretary of the state agriculture department.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of the first Krishi Unnayan Mela that kicked off at the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya at Mohanpur in Nadia. The three-day agriculture exhibition cum conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries will help to promote West Bengal as a technology friendly state in agriculture sector.
“The land to people ratio in West Bengal is becoming scarce. We cannot create extra land for industrialists. They will have to come up and invest in agriculture sector. There is ample scope in the agriculture sector and there are several avenues where West Bengal is still lagging. Why just invest in manufacturing sector?” said agriculture minister Purnendu Bose.
“If required the government will give you land. You invest capital. There can be good private-public-partnership in this sector. This apart there is also scope in agro-based industries,” said Bose.