20 May 2010.[Hindi]
‘Market-driven agricultural research is the need to ensure livelihood security in rural areas and for it we require optimization, efficiency and transparency in the operational system’, emphasized Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning commission while delivering inaugural speech as chief guest on the occasion of National Meet on ‘Technological Innovations in Agriculture’ at New Delhi.
"While lauding the role of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) for providing a platform for innovations in agricultural research system, he urged that agricultural research needs to be viewed in continuum for making available technologies for production, protection, post-harvest management of produce, with emphasis on input use efficiency, sustainability, diversification, quality assurance, favorable policy framework and marketing and trade.
He suggested that an operational system should be devised and be regularly updated and upgraded to develop and support secondary agriculture in the country for moving towards holistic development.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR ) delivered Presidential Address apprising challenges being faced to maintain sustainable food and nutritional security for the nation. He emphasized that poverty, productivity and profitability are our key areas to focus upon. This is for the first time in the ICAR that under NAIP we have forged partnerships with other institutions, private organizations and NGO’s, he said. Capacity building in agriculture is a very crucial component being addressed by the NAIP.
Dr. P.S. Sidhu, Task Team Leader, World Bank appreciated the NAIP for effectively and creatively harnessing the available resources for future growth and hoped that this partnership of World Bank with ICAR will lead Indian agriculture to next higher level.
Dr. Bangali Baboo, National Director, NAIP elaborated objectives, special features and major achievements of the NAIP made so far. He said that specific objective is to accelerate the collaborative development and application of agricultural innovations between public research organizations, farmers, private sector and other stakeholders. He cited success stories of enhancing the profitability in agriculture through innovative technical interventions.
The two-day meet (21-22 May) is being organized by the NAIP which is a flagship project of the ICAR funded by the World Bank for a period of approximately six years (2006-12). In the ensuing technical sessions the progress achieved so far and the challenges will be deliberated upon and recommendations will be made to put the project in a fast track mode. Consortia Leaders/ Principal Investigators of the sub –projects from different parts of the country are participating in the Meet along with consultants and functionaries of the NAIP.
Concurrently, an exhibition is also organized to show case the technological innovations developed so far.
(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)