12 th August, 2019, Jodhpur
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare visited the ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur today.
The Minister assessed the Institute’s ongoing research activities. Shri Choudhary urged the scientists for developing the low-water requiring and early maturing crops that can help in doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022. He also opined for growing the high-value crops using the harvested rainwater with solar pumps. The Minister launched the Institute’s recently developed value-added Pearl Millet Products of cookies and chocolates. Shri Choudhary also interacted with the Directors of ICAR institutes based in Rajasthan.
Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI highlighted the challenges like uncertain and very low rain, high temperature, low soil fertility and other limited resources, etc., that are being faced by the farmers of the arid region.
Dr. Yadav also opined for using the modern technology along with the traditional farming that can help in increasing the farmers’ income. For this, it is necessary for the farmers to diversify and adopt the modern agricultural practices.
The occasion also marked the plantation of more than 500 plants of Rohida (Tecomella undulata).
(Source: ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur)