28 March 2022, New Delhi: “Enhancing the quality of the agricultural products will establish them as International Brands”, urged Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare & President of the ICAR Society. Mr. Tomar addressed the 93rd Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society organized at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi here today.
Regarding the agriculture as the backbone of the Indian economy, he emphasized on finding the ways to enable the Indian Agriculture to compete in the Global Market.
The Union Minister applauded the pivotal role played by the ICAR to help the farmers and citizens of the country even during the challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic. These initiatives depict the ICAR’s commitment towards the society. He asserted on the Council’s aim to ensure the food security of the country. The Union Minister stressed to promote the Waste-to-Wealth as a new source of income that will enhance the farmers’ income. He stated that in terms of milk, horticulture and fisheries production, the country stands at the leading positions globally.
Mr. Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying & Senior Vice-President of the ICAR Society congratulated the Council for its 93rd Annual General Meeting – 2022. The Union Minister applauded the Council’s role in achieving the food security and enhancing the farmers’ income. Mr. Rupala urged the ICAR for endorsing and improving the indigenous technologies developed by the farmers. He accentuated that animal husbandry and dairying is a source of income for the farmers.
“Although the major achievements have been made in the agricultural sector, but, still there is a scope of enhancement in some sectors like farm mechanization to meet the prevailing global standards of 90%”, said Mr. Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Vice-President of ICAR Society. The Minister stated that by adopting the practices of “Waste-to-Wealth”, the farmers can enhance their income. Mr. Choudhary urged for helping the ICAR’s Incubated Start-Ups to become the Unicorn Start-Ups.
Mr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog stated that for the first time there has been a tremendous growth in the Indian Agricultural Products’ export.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) highlighted the Action Plan initiated and achievements made during the last Year.
Earlier, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) delivered the welcome address.
The various ICAR Products, Publications and Technologies were also released on the occasion.
The Ministers of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock and Fisheries of the various State Governments; Senior Officials of ICAR Society; Members of ICAR Governing Body; Mr. Sanjiv Kumar, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Financial Advisor (ICAR) along with the Senior Officials of the Council, Agricultural Scientists and Staff Members also participated in the Meeting.