1 January 2021, New Delhi, IN: Applauding the ICAR’s agricultural scientists’ roles in making the country self-sufficient in terms of crops’ production, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare urged to create a roadmap for advancing the agricultural research. The Union Minister was interacting with the Officials of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Department of Agricultural Research and Education. Shri Tomar regarded the government policies and schemes as essential to implement the agricultural researches more efficiently. He also urged to strengthen the Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare emphasized that with strong determination, the ICAR scientists will definitely be able to meet the challenges of food security.
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare applauded the ICAR’s un-matching contributions to make the essential food products available during the challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown period. He urged to meet the targets of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.
In his welcome address, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) outlined the ICAR’s salient achievements during the Year – 2020. Stating about the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Mohapatra applauded the agricultural scientists’ and farmers’ untiring contributions to ensure the regular availability of essential food products in the markets. The Director General also highlighted the release of 270 crops varieties including 18 Biofortified varieties of crops by the Council in the last one year.
The Director General applauded the team ICAR for receiving the most prestigious Digital India Award – 2020 by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. Dr. Mohapatra outlined the Agricultural Education Division’s invincible contributions to help the agri-students study and appear in their exams through digital platforms. He underlined the agricultural scientists’ initiatives to provide the farmers with mandatory agricultural and farming advisories in their regional languages.
Earlier, Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) delivered the welcome address.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
The Deputy Directors General, Assistant Directors General, Directors of ICAR Institutes along with other staff members also virtually participated in the event.