First education then agriculture, Microsoft's Bill Gates seems to have the right solutions to some of the raging issues that stare at India's economy.
Gates who is on a trip to India first visited the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and met CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday and discussed ways to intensify the immunisation programme against Japanese Encephalities (JE).
Bill Gates had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction over the current system of education in the country in an interview with The Times of India. While delivering valedictory address at the AP AgTech Summit-2017, Gates said,"Transforming agriculture into an "efficient and profitable business" could be the "key recipe" for transforming the Indian economy."
"Everyone shares the goal of a prosperous India. And so, we must also share an interest in the process of agriculturaltransformation. "When I say transformation, I'm referring to a shift from agriculture based merely on subsistence to agriculture that isrun like a business to be efficient and profitable and that meets the needs of producers and consumers," he said.
"More than half of India's population works in agriculture. In rural India, three-quarters of working women make a living in agriculture. Just under half of India's population suffers from malnutrition.
The government's vision of doubling farmer income by 2022 will need help from advances in science and technology tobecome a reality," said the founder of the world's top software firm.
Both education and agriculture forms the pillar of Indian economy.
(With PTI inputs)