20 March 2023, New Delhi: In the fast-changing and globalized economy, sustainable and affordable food security is essential for everyone. Governments across the globe are concerned about the farmers’ economic welfare. In India, this becomes more crucial because a majority of the population is engaged in agriculture and allied sector.
Krishi Anusandhan & Krishi Vikas Foundation (KAKV / Krishi Vigyan Foundation) is a think-tank based out of New Delhi and has been created for the economic welfare of the farmers. The foundation has come forward to safeguard farmers’ interests at the national level with one of a kind working group of industry leaders from all possible sub-sectors in agriculture including an ex officio of the government.
A lot of ideas and suggestions are proposed to the policymakers, investors, and departments for execution. It becomes a virtually impossible task to pick up an idea and start implementing it because of diversified agro-climatic conditions in India, feasibility study, and also lack of proper evaluation of the proposed ideas.
“The foundation will take up studies to identify issues impacting farmers’ income and global competitiveness of Indian Agriculture. We will also promote technology demonstrations and document success stories from all over the world to establish alternate working models”, said Mr. Vijay Sardana, Chairman of the Governing Council of Krishi Vigyan Foundation.
The governing council of the foundation includes agriculture sector veterans Mr. N. K Arora, Expert – Agrochemical also Secretary – Governing Council, Mr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO – National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) – GOI, Anil Jaysing Ghanwat, Farmer Representative, Dr. Arvind Kapoor, Seed Expert, Dr. H.V.S Chauhan, Expert – Crop Protection, Dr. Ramendra Singh, Soil Scientist, Dr. R.K Malik, Renowned Agronomist, Mr. A.V. Srinivasan, Expert on Farm Machinery, Dr. R.S.Sodhi, President – Indian Dairy Association, Mr. Nimish Gangrade, Director – Krishak Jagat.
The governing council of the foundation met in February to discuss the current policies in agriculture, and challenges faced by the farmers and to identify gaps. The foundation is in the process to develop strong relations with all the relevant agencies to work in partnership which includes the union and state governments, farmer groups, the private sector, and foreign partners.
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