30th June, 2020, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
The Virtual 26th Meeting of the ICAR Zonal Committee - 1 (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh) was organized here at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi today. According to the Rule - 65 and Regulations of the ICAR Society, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research formed 8 Zonal Committees based on the agro-climatic zones in 1975. Since their inception, the Committees organize meetings after every two years to discuss the latest trends in agricultural education and farming.
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare emphasized that the regional committees formed by the ICAR provides a better platform for establishing meaningful dialogue between research and development agencies in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries and agroforestry. Highlighting the difference between the plains and the hilly areas in terms of farming, the Union Minister stressed that despite being the regional committee - I Hilly region, the Committee self-reliant in terms of climate rich, medicinal agriculture, aromatic plants, saffron and improved fruits cultivation.
Shri Tomar stressed on promoting the integrated farming along with the organic and natural farming practices to achieve the target of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The Union Minister also urged the State Governments to contribute wisely in promptly implementing the new advisories being provided by the Central Government, providing new opportunities to the farmers and narrowing the gaps between the farmers and traders. Applauding the various technologies developed by the ICAR and its Institutes, Shri Tomar stressed that the decisions and recommendations taken by the previous committees for the Regional Committee - I have been successful in the various fields of agriculture in these regions. Stating about the benefits of the Fasal Bima Yojana, the Union Minister urged the farmers to form the Farmers’ Producers’ Organization (FPOs). He stressed on establishing the facilities for agriculture and food-processing units for all farmers in the village.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare stated that the meeting serves as a bridge to establish coordination between the states and the Centre and disseminate the various researches being carried out by the ICAR to the farmers’’ field. Urging to review the recommended points in the previous meeting and plan new targets in the near future, the Minister stressed on preparing the strategy to realize the aim of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare emphasized that the farmers’ prosperity will pave the way to make the country to be self-reliant. Urging the scientists to work for solving the problems of climatic changes, the Minister regarded the role of the State Governments as vital to achieve the target of doubling the farmers’’ income. Shri Choudhary also stressed on providing the employment opportunities in agriculture to the youths, providing the fair prices to the farmers, carrying out quality seeds productions and strengthening the farmers-traders relationships. The Minister stressed on making the farmers aware about the types of crops that are beneficial for setting-up the Food Processing Units.
Outlining the main objective of the meeting, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) highlighted the various researches aimed at providing prompt solutions for the various problems being faced by the farming communities in different typographical areas. The Director General also underlined about the problems of wild animals and fodder along with the climate changes that are being faced by the agricultural and farming communities. He urged the State Governments to disseminate and make use of the various technologies developed by the ICAR to address the different types of agriculture and farming related problems being faced in their particular regions. The DG also opined for the exchange of different ideas and suggestions between the states to deal more promptly and efficiently with the problems.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General, (Horticultural Science), ICAR highlighted about the various farming related problems.
The various ICAR Books and Publications were also released during the occasion.
The Ministers of State for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of the State Governments; Members of ICAR Governing Body; Shri Bimbadhar Pradhan, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor (ICAR); Vice-Chancellors and Scientists of Agricultural Universities; Directors of ICAR-Institutes and regional Centres along with the members of the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of the State Governments participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi)