Long Term Commitment and Partnership Needed for Desired Change in Agriculture
New Delhi, 17 September, 2011
'Creating opportunities and enabling environment for transforming the conditions that perpetuate poverty and deprivation is an important task that will be better attained in long term. Therefore, the linkages should move ahead of a loosely defined collaboration or contractual agreement between public-private-NGO sector and transcend to cover a whole range of organizational relationships with a sense of long term commitment to genuinely contribute to the processes in agricultural sector to accomplish the desired change', said Prof. R.B. Singh, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He was inaugurating the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Interaction Meet with NGOs and Farmers Entrepreneurs
He described storage facility and gap between farming and non-farming income as emerging challenges for Indian agriculture. While lauding the role played by the ICAR, he urged agricultural scientists to work hard for food security and elimination of malnutrition.
Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General ICAR called for more partnerships with NGOs across the country. 'There are six lakh villages in the country and it is difficult to reach every village. Therefore, we are looking for partnership with NGOs. PPP in agriculture became profit in agriculture, prestige in agriculture and progress in agriculture. You (NGOs) are working at grass root level and can help to achieve this objective', he said.
Dr Ayyappan stressed upon the need for work in emerging areas of challenges-quality seed, input management, quality plant material, farm mechanization and plant health monitoring.
Shri Ramashankar Rajbhar, Hon'ble Member of Parliament and Member of ICAR Society urged NGOs and farmers to create awareness about the effects of climate change on Indian agriculture. He also suggested for more use of local languages for dissemination of agricultural information.
Dr M H Mehta, the Science Ashram opined that more coordinated efforts may be adopted for introducing new technology to remote areas. Dr Anil Joshi, Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization emphasized on challenges for NGOs in agriculture
Dr K D Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension) and Dr S Mauria, Assistant Director General (Intellectual Property & Technology Management) presented the overview of ICAR initiatives for more partnerships through their presentations
Officials from ICAR and office bearers of different NGOs across the country were participated in the Interaction Meet.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)