18th February 2013, New Delhi
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and President of the ICAR Society said that proactive initiatives of ICAR will ensure food, nutrition and livelihood security in the nation. He was addressing 84th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society at NASC complex here today.
While highlighting growth and development of agricultural sector during the 11th Plan period, he said, “During the 11th plan period the agricultural and allied sectors have seen phenomenal growth rate of 3.7% as against 2.4% in the 10th Five Year Plan. If we exclude forestry sector, agricultural sector growth is 3.8% which is very close to the targeted 4%.”
Expressing concern over declining land availability for agriculture and soil fertility, Falling water-table, genetic erosion, invasive pest and diseases and climate change, Shri Pawar emphasized upon scientific research and said, “Constrained by limited availability of the natural resources, we do not have any option but to try and achieve major breakthrough in productivity to ensure food security of 1.2 billion plus population of our country.”
He also emphasized upon proposed programmes in 12th Five Year Plan such as Farmer FIRST, Student READY (Rural Entrepreneurship and Awareness Development Yojana), ARYA (Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture) etc.
Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India released Publications of the ICAR namely, Bag Prabandh, Sheep Production, Pesticide Residue Analysis Manual, Organic Livestock Farming and ZPD, Zone-III Manual on Centrally Sponsored Agricultural and Rural Development Schemes and One CD on Saffron farming.
Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India also graced the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR presented a glimpse of key achievements of ICAR during the year 2012-13. While highlighting the achievements he said, “With the birth of Mahima we demonstrated normal reproduction in the cloned buffalo.” Dr. Ayyappan also informed that the genome of the cultivated tomato (Solanum lycropersicon) and of its closest wild relative S. pimpinellifolium have been decoded by the Tomato Genome Consortium (TGC); a group of over 300 scientists from 14 different countries.
Shri Arvind R. Kaushal, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
Agriculture and Animal husbandry Ministers of various States, Members of the Governing Body of the ICAR and representatives from international organizations participated in the AGM along with senior officials of ICAR and other dignitaries.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)