National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) is organising 12th Agricultural Science Congress at Karnal in Haryana. Inaugurating the event, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana and Punjab said that agricultural fraternity has gathered here for the national cause as farmers are the pillars of agriculture and food security. “The conference should deliberate on the problems of small farmers and they should be educated with new technologies for optimum utilisation of resources. Today we need a second green revolution to increase production, while minimising environmental impact,” he said . He further emphasised on making agriculture more rewarding for small farmers.
Dr. S Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR and President, NAAS said that in India more than 90 percent of the farmers cultivate on less than 2 hectare landholdings and contribute nearly 70 percent food to national basket. Thus, for more sustainable growth, the problems of small farmers need to be addressed and we must work on smart farming for small farmers. He also emphasised that farming should be made knowledge and science based and we should work towards profit, prestige and partnership in agriculture.
Prof. AK Srivastava, Director, NDRI and Convener of 12th ASC delivered the welcome address and said that researchers, policy makers, farmers, entrepreneurs and students would be brainstorming for remunerative and sustainable growth of agriculture in India.
More than 1,200 participants from India and abroad participated in the event and 500 farmers participated in the Congress.