President calls upon scientists to work for technology-led development of agriculture

Various institutes under Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) were conferred Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award, Jagjivan Ram Abhinav Kisan Puruskar (National) and N.G. Ranga Farmer Award for diversified agriculture by the president

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President of India launched ‘Kisaan SMS Portal' that is capable of sending messages in regional languages on preferred crop and activity giving information and advisories. The portal is created by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India.

"In our economy, agriculture retains its primary importance in terms of value creation and employment generation. There are millions of farmers tilling on small and marginal holdings. Our challenge is to reach out to the last farmland and equip them with the best cultivation methods," said Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. He was delivering Foundation Day Lecture of ICAR on July 16, 2013 at New Delhi. He called upon the scientific fraternity to work towards a technology-led path for development of agriculture and prosperity for the farming community.

While reminiscing the era of ‘ship to mouth existence' before green revolution, he said, "India is today a leading producer of essential food commodities like wheat, rice, fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and fish. It has transformed from being a food-deficient to food surplus country and an exporter of agricultural produce. This, in the face of an ever increasing population, is a laudable achievement with few parallels." I compliment the agricultural research and development system of our country for their untiring efforts, he added.

President of India launched ‘Kisaan SMS Portal' that is capable of sending messages in regional languages on preferred crop and activity giving information and advisories. The portal is created by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India.

President of India conferred Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award, Jagjivan Ram Abhinav Kisan Puruskar (National) and N.G. Ranga Farmer Award for Diversified Agriculture to ICAR Institutions of different categories and progressive farmers.

Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and President ICAR Society released Publications, ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Food Security' and ‘Aadhunik Phal Utpadan' (Hindi) and presented first copies to President of India. Shri Pawar was presiding over the function.

 

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