20th February, 2019, NASC, New Delhi
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the 14th Agricultural Science Congress - 2019 here today. He also inaugurated the Bharat Ratna C. Subramaniam Auditorium.
The Minister referred the “Agricultural Science Congress” as a Global Sangam or Kumbh. He said that the Congress marks the confluence of researchers, intellectuals, creativity and the custodians of global food security.
He mentioned that more than 40 delegates from foreign countries are participating in the Congress. Shri Radha Mohan Singh applauded the NAAS and referred it as a think tank for providing the overarching strategic support to the growth of agricultural sciences in India. He mentioned that the agriculture is the linchpin of Indian economy and livelihood of millions of rural people in the country.
He accentuated that the transformation in agriculture is the need of the hour. He said that government has taken several innovative as well as pragmatic steps towards revitalization of agriculture as well as prosperity of farmers. He briefed about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman scheme of the government that will provide a direct income support of Rs. 6,000 per annum to the farmers. He shared the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sampada Yojana and Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
The Minister also applauded the agricultural scientists for making commendable contributions in enhancing the productivity of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, milk, egg, meat, fish, fibre, fodders, etc., that have made India a leading exporter of food grains.
The Minister highlighted the importance of “Pusa Soil Testing and Fertilizer Recommendation Meter” developed by IARI which will facilitate the reach of soil testing at the farmers’ doorstep.
He emphasized on developing women-friendly technologies as well as capacity building programmes to empower women farmers to take up the farming more effectively and remuneratively.
The Minister said that it is really a proud moment to share that Indian Agricultural Research Institute is celebrating FIFTY YEARS of remote sensing in India.
The Minister congratulated the team ICAR for bagging the first position for its Republic Day - 2019 Tableau.
He also felicitated the various scientists for their achievements in respective fields.
Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare congratulated the ICAR for inauguration of new auditorium. The Minister highlighted the aim and vision of the Congress.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) said that ICAR is committed to realize the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022 and enabling the productivity enhancement!
In his address, Dr. Mohapatra briefed about the various achievements of ICAR.
Elaborating the key-points of the Congress, the Director General mentioned that the Congress will provide a single platform to the agricultural scientists, researchers and young research fellows engaged in the field of agricultural studies to interact and exchange the experiences from their unique expertise in the particular genre of agriculture and farming.
Emphasizing on the theme of the Congress - “Innovations for Agricultural Transformation”, Dr. Mohapatra urged to adopt the technologies and techniques that can come handy in enhancing the production quality. Providing the brief synopsis of the event, the Director General mentioned that the Congress will register a total footfall by 2,000 delegates along with participants from more than 17 countries.
Prof. Panjab Singh, President, National Academy of Agricultural Science outlined the main features and the key-points to be addressed, discussed and dealt with during the four-day long agricultural extravaganza.
Earlier, Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) & Director, IARI delivered welcome address.
The “14th Edition of Agricultural Science Congress - 2019” will be organized at the National Agricultural Science Complex, New Delhi from 20th to 23rd February - 2019. The Congress is jointly organized by the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS). The Congress will organize several lectures, discussion rounds, symposiums, etc., to address the various challenges and issues being faced by people involved in the agricultural sectors.
(Source: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi)