14 April 2022, New Delhi: “Our concerted efforts should be to make agriculture sector self-dependent. This will help to strengthen India’s economy”, said Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister. The minister was addressing the inaugural session of the “Annual Conference of Vice-Chancellors of State Agricultural Universities & Directors of ICAR Institutes – 2022” organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research held at New Delhi.
Mr. Tomar appreciated the efforts of the agricultural scientists and farmers’ community to bring India at top positions in the global markets.
The Minister stressed on providing the farmers with quality education to help them withstand competition. The need for linking and attracting the youths towards the agricultural sector was also emphasized in the Union Minister’s address. He asserted on the Central Government’s aim and vision to reduce the farmers’ expenditure and provide them with better results. The Union Minister advised the Council to have quality interactions with the retired / former Staff Members of the Council that will benefit the young task force in their research.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) asserted on the Council’s commitment to provide the quality agricultural and allied sciences’ services to the nation. The DG stated that the Council has enabled the unique management of Universities to decide the pathways for the brighter future. The effective implementation of the New Education Policy – 2020 by the ICAR was underlined by Dr. Mohapatra. The need for developing such digital platforms that can enable the farmers to get in touch with the ICAR Institutes effectively was highlighted in the Director General’s address. “It is the time for us to focus on export-oriented exports”, said the DG. He also opined for increasing the ICAR’s quota for Admissions in the Post-Graduate Courses from 15% to 20% and Under-Graduate Courses from 20% to 30%. The Council’s aim for 10% enhancements in the Seats for Admissions in the various Colleges affiliated with the Agricultural Universities was also outlined by him