Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare urges for Technological Intervention to improve productivity of Natural Fibre

2nd July 2017, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare whileaddressing as chief guest in the International Conference on “Productivity and Product DiversificationChallenges for Natural Fibres” organized as a part of international event “Textile India2017” at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, stressed the importance of development of new technologies to improve the productivity of natural fibre crops for doubling farmers income. In his address, hehighlighted the adoption of the improved genotypes, integrated farming systems, precision agriculture, soil health, micro irrigation, disease & pest management and post-harvest technology in fibrecrops.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare urges for Technological Intervention to improve productivity of Natural Fibre crops Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare urges for Technological Intervention to improve productivity of Natural Fibre crops

Smt. SmritiIrani, Union Minister of Textiles, in her address has committed for creationof knowledge platform to harness the synergy of intellectuals in agriculture and textile ministries formutual benefit to the farmers and industries. She also emphasized for the development of commercialscale fibre extraction technology to harness the underlying potential in the crop like banana.

The key speakers in the conference include Mr.DilipTambyrajah, President, International Natural Fibre Organization, The Netherlands, Prof. AbdulJabbar Khan of Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, Dr. Li Long of Chinese Academy ofAgriculture Sciences, China and Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, India. Dr. P.R. Roy, former Group Chief Executive, Arvind Mills Ltd &Chairman,Digital Consulting (India) moderated the proceeding of the conference.

ICAR-Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, Mumbai was the Nodal Institute for Conference session from Ministry ofAgriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.

(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai)