18th February 2015, New Delhi
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and President of the ICAR Society said farmers need to connect with agri-business, production systems, research institutions, public administration, other farmers, open market both at domestic and global scale, and other numerous partners for making agriculture more remunerative. He was addressing 86th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society at NASC here today.
While highlighting and appreciating the role of ICAR in growth and development of agriculture during last 85 years, Shri Singh said, “The Council covered milestone after milestone, in the form of improving farm productivity, farm incomes, and building institutions, human resources, developing new technologies, diversifying agriculture, creating new opportunities and opening up new frontiers of knowledge”. The infusion of modern technologies in agriculture has undoubtedly helped in reduction of proverty and hunger. The ICAR is committed to overcome farm constraints to make Indian agriculture truly sustainable and profitable, he added.
Agriculture Minister elaborated on various new schemes and initiatives for expansion and strengthening of agricultural education and research together with outreach to farmers.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture while emphasizing on the important role of Lab to Land Programme suggested that our approach should be more towards Farmer-centric growth in agriculture through the application of appropriate location specific technologies for each agro-ecological region. It is also being perceived that the research system should play a pro-active role in reaching to the farmers for getting first-hand information, farmers' perceptions, and feedback on generated technologies and develop more appropriate processes, methodologies and technologies for diverse farm environments, he stressed.
While highlighting the importance of traditional knowledge in agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, Union Minister of State for Agriculture said, “Our farming communities in general and in tribal and other difficult areas in particular are treasure trove of indigenous knowledge and innovations. We must access and document this valuable information that undoubtedly can prove to be source of eco-friendly farming practices as also of affordable solutions to some of problems encountered in agriculture.”
Dignitaries released noted ICAR publications and products related to Agriculture, Horticulture and Post-Harvest Management including Herpes Vaccine for Equines. A video film on, “Krishi Anusandhanevam Siksha – Naye Kadam, Badhte Kadam”, was also released on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR made a presentation on recent achievements of ICAR and elaborated the new initiatives and goals of ICAR during the XIIth Plan period.
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministers of various States, Members of the Governing Body of the ICAR, representatives from national organizations, senior officials and scientists of ICAR participated in the AGM.
Shri R. Rajagopal, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi)