20th March 2017, Izatnagar
The Hon’ble Prime Minister while addressing a farmers’ rally in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, on 28th February, 2016 shared his vision on doubling the farmers’ income by the time the nation celebrates her 75 years of independence in the year 2022. Towards realizing this vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister, the ICAR has set-up Coordination Committee for all the states to chalk out strategies to double the farmers’ income by March-2022.
A two-day meeting of Coordination Committee for Uttar Pradesh started at ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagartoday.
Dr Arvind Kumar, Vice- Chancellor, Rani Laxmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi and Chairman of the Committee elaborated in great details the problems and priorities in the state. He said the yield for many crops and livestock species is much lower in UP than the national average in many caseses. There lies a big opportunity to make improvement in yield enhancing through suitable interventions. The state being one among the biggest states with lot of diversity has very high potential which needs to be harnessed by working in desired directions. The commercialization in farming activities is missing in many parts of the state. He expressed the hope that this Committee would be able to work out a practical strategy capable of doubling the farmers’ Income by March 2022 as desired by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Dr R K Singh, Director, ICAR-IVRI and Convener of the meeting presented the background document and agenda of the meeting stating that the strategy to double the income of farmers need inputs and dedicated commitment from all sectors including animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, horticulture, cereal crops, medicinal plants etc. In his presentation, he urged the agri-instituions in the state to come out with clear-cut actionable points so that an implementable strategy could be chalked out in coming days towards doubling the income of farmers.
Over 42 directors of ICAR institutes, their representatives, officials of line departments, scientists and officers of central agencies like Central Water Commission, Ministry of Food Processing Industries etc are attending this meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar)