3rd July, 2018, Hyderabad
The Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu visited ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad today. He graced “Consultative Meeting on Doubling of Farmers’ Income in Telangana State and Adjoining Areas” as Chief Guest. Md. Mahmood Ali, Deputy CM, Telangana State was the Guest of Honour.
Hon’ble Vice President, chaired the interactive session with Scientists, Research Scholars, Farmers and Representatives of NGOs. He stated that the multifaceted strategy is needed to protect agriculture as agriculture is now under distress. In this regard he invited suggestions from the participants about how to improve the economic and social status of farming community. During interactive session, farmers of Ranga Reddy district mentioned that their farm income has been substantially increased due to the interventions of ICAR-CRIDA, KVKs and SAUs. Farmers opined that shortage of fodder, minimum support price for millets, low budget milling machines for pulses, storage facility for dry fodder are the key issues to be addressed by both the Central and State Governments.
In his remarks, Shri Naidu, briefly explained about the various schemes launched by the Govt. of India by giving more emphasis for the small and marginal farmers. Hon’ble Vice President mentioned the importance of strengthening the infrastructure facilities, roads, such as better storage and post harvest facilities. He also emphasized about availability of affordable and timely credit system for small and marginal farmers. He mentioned that India is a rural based country and about 60% of the agriculture is rainfed and appreciated the Telangana Government for launching more than ten initiatives to strengthen the agriculture in the state. The networking of Centre, State Governments and Research Institutes is required to develop short, long term and multi-pronged strategies to make agriculture remunerative to the farmers. Agriculture is not so viable and proper guidance to farmers is required from the scientists and SAUs. He urged the scientists to visit farmers’ fields and work with farmers in a Lab to Land mode. The dissemination of agricultural technology information is key and emphasized that more than 65% of Indian population is younger than 35 years age which is demographic strength of the country, should be utilized properly.
He made a mention that introduction of neem coated urea increased the availability of urea to farmers. The scientific publications should be documented in regional languages to enhance the reach to the farmers. Keeping in view of changing food habits and nutritional requirements, promotion and incorporation of millets and pulses in daily diet should be encouraged. The problem of plenty with respect to food surplus (rice and wheat) should also be considered while planning the agriculture production. He stressed upon the importance of organic farming, eNAM, value addition, cold storage, refrigeration vans, transport facilities, agri clinic and value addition. Revitalization, rejuvenation and renaissance of KVKs and extension services of state department, more crop per drop of water need to be addressed. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana are the some of the important schemes launched by the Govt. of India with an aim to double the farmers’ income.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (NRM), in his welcome address briefed about various rainfed technologies developed by CRIDA for the benefit of farmers of dryland agriculture. He also highlighted the salient achievements of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology (AICRPAM) and All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA).
Shri C. Parthasarathi, APC & Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Telangana State, explained about the major initiatives of the Telangana State Govt. such as loan waiver, linking farmers to the market, power supply irrigation projects/schemes, godown facility, recruitment of 1500 AEOs and food processes policy etc., taken for doubling the income of farmers of Telangana.
Directors and scientists of other ICAR institutes, senior officials of PJTSAU, senior State Government Officials, NGOs, Industrialists, Bankers and progressive farmers participated in the meeting.
Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture , Hyderabad)