Shri Sharad Pawar Urged Scientists to Find Solutions of Farm Problems
New Delhi, 6th March, 2012
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and President of the ICAR Society urged agricultural scientists to explore practical solutions to the problems being faced by the farmers in fields. He was addressing 83rd Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society at NASC complex here today.
In his address, he emphasized on the degrading natural resources such as deteriorating soil health, availability of water resources, changing climate and called upon scientists to undertake innovative research to address these issues. Shri Pawar said that research work being done in the laboratories should not remain limited in the premises. There is an urgent need to deliver the results in the farmer’s fields. Further, he mentioned rain-fed areas of the country having potential to substantially contribute in the food security of the nation. Hence, research in this area needs to be strengthened and accelerated. Shri Pawar also laid emphasis on development of quality human resources for agricultural research in which State Agricultural Universities and ICAR must act in collaboration.
Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and Parliamentary Affairs released two publications of the ICAR namely, Drip Irrigation and Land Resource Altas of Vidarbha Region.
Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries launched Cadalmin Green Algal Extract (GAe) (nutraceutical developed from seaweeds to combat joint pain and arthritic condition), Listeria monocytogenes Detection Kit (for detection in food and clinical samples ), Little Millet Flakes( rich in fiber, protein and minerals) and Darbar-e-Rang (herbal eco- colours for Holi)
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR presented a glimpse of key achievements of ICAR during the year 2011-12. He hoped that the efforts of the Council would enable farming and empower farmers to achieve higher levels of efficiency and prosperity.
Concurrently, an exhibition on agri-technologies is also organized on the theme “Innovative Technologies go Commercial”.
Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR proposed 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 ICAR officials of ICAR and other dignitaries.
(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)