Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that farming methods are fast changing with the development of new technology. To utilize this technology, it is important to strengthen agriculture education. While keeping in mind the new requirements and the pace of time, the Union Government has increased the agriculture education budget from Rs.405 crores (2013-14) to Rs.570 crores which is a record increase of 40.5 percent.
Speaking at the 8th convocation ceremony of the Indira Gandhi Agriculture University in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Agriculture Minister congratulated the graduating students and appreciated the achievements of the University and its students in the field of agriculture education.
Agriculture Minister further said that agriculture education has been made practical and employable by implementing the recommendations of the 5th Dean Committee in the universities all across the country. During the year 2014-16, 10 new agricultural universities were opened in India. The budget of DARE/ ICAR has been increased by Rs.148.7 crore so that the council through its research institutes and All India Integrated projects can research smoothly in the fields of new varieties, agricultural techniques, new products and processing.
He also informed that the budget of Krishi Vigyan Kendras has been increased by 41 percent in 2016-17 (Rs.745 crore) compared to 2013-14 (Rs.527 crore).
Earlier to this program, Agriculture Minster Minister inaugurated the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Krishak Nagar, Raipur. On this occasion, Shri Singh said that K.V.K. portal has been launched this month all across the country to monitor and manage the Krishi Vigyan Kendras located in district headquarters and the regional offices have been expanded from 8 to 11. This is state’s 21st KVK and more K.V.K.s will be established soon in the remaining 6 districts.
Today, Shri Singh also participated in a function organized by Chhattisgarh Sahkar Bharti. In this function, organized at Shaheed Smarak Bhawan, Raipur, he said that significant importance has been given to religion and karma in Indian culture. He said that agriculture and cooperation complement each other, if agriculture is karma then cooperation is dharma. He further said that Chhattisgarh displays a unique combination of agriculture and cooperation. Here, Paddy is purchased through PAXO at Minimum Support Price (MSP) to financially benefit the farmers. Cooperation has significant contribution in this work of Government.
Agriculture Minister said that Government has taken many steps to help the farmers. Loan facility at low interest rates is being provided to farmer so that he can buy seeds, manure, etc. yet he agreed that this was not sufficient. In reality, this assistance does not reach the farmer. He said that the country cannot progress until and unless the farmer is poor and uneducated. The farmer should be helped in every possible way to make him educated and self-dependent.