24th March 2018, Hyderabad
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Government of India, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat visited ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad today.
Shri Shekhawat urged the scientists to address the issues of rainfed farmers in a holistic way. He said there is an urgent need to enhance the capacity of Indian farming community about the recent technological advancements for enhanced farm productivity. He briefed Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) programme and appreciated the efforts made by CRIDA under MGMG programme, wherein 15 groups of CRIDA scientists with 4 scientists in each group and adopted 15 villages. He said reverse engineering approach has to be adopted for doubling the farmers' income by 2022. He urged to follow the 'Farm to Lab' approach instead of 'Lab to Land' approach so that research can address the actual problems faced by the farmers. Minister informed that the Government is linking agriculture to global markets so that the Indian farmers can take the advantage of global market demands for their agriculture products. ICAR as an organization now should shift from ‘farm to fork’ to fork to farm’ so that such agri-products could be promoted to increase farm income substantially, he added.
On this occasion, he also released two publications.
At the outset, Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, Director (Acting) welcomed briefed him about the mandate, organizational structure and major achievements of the Institute.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)