19th November 2012, New Delhi
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research delivered a public lecture on ‘Indian Agriculture: Feeding Crores Forever’ at Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi here today.
In this scholarly lecture, duly supported by informative slides, Dr. Ayyappan traced development of Indian agriculture since independence and highlighted the milestone achievements. Despite limited resources and emerging challenges, agriculture is supporting and nourishing the ever increasing population of the country with pride and dignity. However, he expressed concern over prevalent hunger and malnutrition which need immediate attention. Dr. Ayyappan presented futuristic scenarios of land, water and energy vis-à-vis demand of food and other agricultural commodities. He hoped that with the current level of research preparedness the country will remain food secure in the coming years as well.
Dr. Ayyappan emphasized at Indian agriculture is embracing cutting-edge technologies such as nano-technology and bio-technology to enhance productivity of farms and farming systems which include animal husbandry and fisheries. He elaborated various initiatives to mitigate the impact of climate change such as National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) and development of abiotic stress tolerant crops. To enhance the profitability in agriculture around 130 models have been developed as remunerative inter-cropping systems. He elaborated upon various initiatives of the ICAR to retain and attract youth in agriculture and make agricultural research more farmer friendly with focus on women in agriculture.
Lecture was followed by an interactive session with the audience. The event was organized by INSA as a part of an initiative to disseminate science among masses. The audience included members from general public, eminent scientists from various disciplines and institutions, INSA fellows and school students. The lecture was also available as webcast for internet community.
The event was chaired by Prof. Krishan Lal, President, INSA.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)