"When I say agriculture transformation I mean a shift from agriculture based merely on subsistence into one that is run like a business".
"The Uttar Pradesh government will also seek technical help from the foundation on mother and child health, and also in programmes related to agricultural and other sectors for the next five years", he said. We can produce enough nutritious food for a healthy labour force for the future.
Gates noted that more than half of India's population works in agriculture and in rural India three-quarters of working women are making their living in agriculture, just under half of the country's population suffer from malnutrition and over 300 million Indians live below poverty line.
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He was addressing the valedictory of AP Agri-Tech Summitâ2017 at APIIC grounds in coastal city of Visakhapatnam on Friday. "We need to increase the productivity of small farmers and provide them linkages to markets", he said calling for transfer of technology from labs to land.
"They appear to be three different data points but they are closely related", he said.
16 met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, and requested that he initiate health awareness programs in India and suggested his foundation also concentrate on developing model villages. The BMGF has committed two billion United States dollars to reduce hunger and poverty in scores of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way. Naidu invited Gates to be honorary chairman of a committee of the state government and help the state with his ideas in agriculture, health and sanitation. Dr Hassan was nominated from Bill and Melina Gates Foundation whereas Dr Assad Hafeez Director General Health was nominated as focal person from Ministry of National Health Services.