New Delhi, 21st August, 2012
Prof. Abhijit Sen, Member (Agriculture), Planning Commission emphasized the need to increase the efficiency in agriculture while addressing the Knowledge Meet of ICAR as the Chief Guest here today. Agricultural production and research are the two key areas where more investment is required. We must enhance quality of higher agricultural education to provide quality human resources to face forthcoming challenges in Indian agriculture, he added.
Dr. Ashok Gulati, Chairman, CACP; Shri Amardeep Singh Cheema, Member, ICAR Society; Dr. J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority; and Dr. R.B. Singh, President, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences gave valuable remarks on future challenges of Indian agricultural research which need to be addressed in the Vision-2050 of ICAR. Dr. Ramesh Chand, Director, National Center for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research made a brief illustrative presentation on the Vision-2050.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted recent major achievements along with current issues and challenges before agricultural research.
The two-day ‘Knowledge Meet’ of Directors of ICAR institutes and Vice Chancellors of Agriculture Universities is being organized with the objective to discuss various issues as relevant to the XIIth Plan Period and the Vision-2050 for Indian Agriculture. Senior Officials of ICAR and other related organizations are participating in the Meet.
A book “Protected Cultivation: KVKs Initiative in Himachal Pradesh” was also launched in the meeting.
Dr. S. Mauria, ADG (IP & TM) proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)