16th July 2020, New Delhi: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) celebrated its 92nd foundation day today. Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar appreciated the efforts of the agricultural scientists from ICAR.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. It was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
The Council is the apex body for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 102 ICAR institutes and 71 agricultural universities spread across the country this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.
The Minister said that there is need to reduce dependence on imports, increase production of pulses and oilseeds. Laying emphasis on developing new varieties of oilseeds, he said that the near self-sufficiency achieved in pulses production needs to be replicated for oilseeds production also so that import of edible oils is reduced.
Mr. Tomar, exhorting the scientists, said that the Pusa Institute (IARI) should gets upgraded from a National Institute to an Institute of International status in the coming years.