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Jul 04, 2020
9:13PM

PM Modi reviews progress of Indian Council of Agricultural Research

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted that traditional knowledge of Indian communities should be coupled with technology and skill sets of youth and Agriculture graduates to translate the full potential of Indian Agriculture in transforming rural areas. Reviewing the progress of agriculture research, extension and education in India through videoconference today, Mr Modi highlighted the need to orient Agricultural Education and research systems based on agro climatic requirements to meet the demands of the Farmers.
 
  He said, the systems are to be geared towards enhancing farmer’s incomes while meeting International standards. The Prime Minister directed that ease of access to farm equipment and transport facility from field to markets shall be ensured.  In this regard, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Farmers Welfare  has launched an app - Kisanrath.
 
   In order to enhance water use efficiency, he desired that awareness and outreach programs be conducted. Mr Modi highlighted the need to adopt organic and natural farming practices on a cluster based approach. ICAR has developed geo-referenced  Organic Carbon Map of India , identified 88 bio control agents and 22 Bio pesticides which can promote organic agriculture.
 
  The Prime Minister directed that start-ups and agri-enterprenues need to be promoted to ensure innovation and use of technology in Agriculture and allied sectors. He highlighted the need to leverage information technology to provide information on demand  to the farmers.
 
  Mr Modi directed that Hackathons may be organized twice a year to solve identified problems and meet  design needs for tools and equipement that can reduce drudgery if farming activity, given that a large number of farm workers are women. He also exhorted the need to create awareness regarding inclusion of  millets like Jowar, bajra, ragi and several other minor millets in diet to ensure healthy diet.
 
  In an effort to bolster ‘Kuposhan Mukt Bharat’ (India free from Malnutrition) 70 bio fortified varieties with enhanced Iron, Zinc and Protein content have been developed.
 
Poshan Thali and Nutria-gardens are being promoted through Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Pilots were conducted in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh involving 76 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 450 model farms. Anganwadi Workers and women from rural areas are being trained in raisingnutria-gardens to ensure balanced diet. Poshan Thali comprises of rice, local dal, seasonal fruit, leafy green vegetable, tubers, other vegetables, milk and other components like sugar, jiggery and oils. 100 Nutri Smart villages are to be created by 2022.
 
  To meet the requirement for commercial processing varieties with processing traits like ArkVises, ArkAlesha and ArkYoji have been developed. Mr Modi appreciated the efforts towards developing varieties focusing on specific requirements of agro-climatic zones and exhorted the need for developing forward and backward linkages to assure better returns to farmers.
 
  Karan -4, a sugarcane variety has enhanced sugar recovery and has replaced traditionally grown varieties in Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister highlighted that avenues for enhancing bio ethanol from sugarcane and other crops needs to explored.
 
  While reviewing the contributions of ICAR in developing new breeds of cattle, sheep and goats, the Prime Minister highlighted the need for research on indigenous breeds of dogs and horses. He directed that a focused mission mode approach be adopted for vaccination drives for Foot and Mouth disease.
 
Mr Modi exhorted that study of grasses and local fodder crops should be undertaken to understand their nutritive value. He highlighted the need to study use of sea weeds  for their impact on soil health apart from  exploring commercial applications in  nutraceuticals.
 
 
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, both the Ministers for State for Agriculture joined the review meeting.  In addition to the Senior officials from PMO, Secretaries from Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy and Fisheries were present.

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