IInd Zonal Committee Meeting for Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) for Rajasthan & Haryana organised

21st December, 2017

IInd Zonal Committee Meeting for Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) for Rajasthan & Haryana organised IInd Zonal Committee Meeting for ARYA Project for Rajasthan & Haryana organised at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur today.

Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address said there is a need to attract Rural Youth for taking up agriculture as profession and there is a recent trend to opt out agriculture as a profession by 40% of Rural Youth as per the NSSO survey. For establishment of enterprises by Rural Youth local specific skill and market linkages are to be established by linking the Rural Youth with Banks. KVKs have a major role to play by opting consumer preference approach, proper economic models, convergence of opportunities, etc. so that Rural Youth will be attracted for taking up agriculture as a professionExperience and outcome of ARYA project should be replicated to other stakeholders in a phased manner. Hence, Doubling Farmer Income by 2022 will be possible he urged.

Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur has stressed to develop youth as role model to attract the more youth in agriculture. The ARYA project must be an addition activity of KVK after completion of ARYA project. He said feedback of youth is also important to reorient the activities.

(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)