Now when agriculture development and its research programmes are trying their best to provide the best yield for nation scientist and agriculturalist thus wish to apply the experiments into practise. More than fifty percent of rural populance which are engaged in agriculture activities thus assisting them with best possible methods is an important element for the nation development.
Keeping this in context, Agriculture scientist S. Ayyappan has said that Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has introduced new schemes to bridge the gap between agriculture scientists and farmers and to ensure effective transfer of technologies from laboratory to land.
Delivering the 34th annual convocation address of Gulbarga University at ESIC , Dr. Ayyappan, who was till recently the Director of ICAR, said that one of the new schemes is called “Student READY (Rural Entrepreneurship and Awareness Development Yojana)”.
It is a one-year composite programme consisting of three components — experimental learning, rural awareness work experience and in-plant training — to be taken up during the last year of the undergraduate programme. ICAR has introduced another programme, ARYA (Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture), to help retain rural youth in agriculture through capacity building. Yet another programme introduced is called Farmer FIRST (Farmer, Innovation, Resources, Science and Technology). This will help enhance farmer-scientist contact with multi-stake holders.
Dr. Ayyappan said that another programme launched to give impetus to the process of technology dissemination is “Mera Goan Mera Gaurav”. About 20,000 scientists, in groups of four, from agricultural universities and ICAR institutes will identify villages for providing technical information advisories and demonstration of agricultural technologies and practices in the fields. Each such group will adopt five villages for transfer of technologies directly from laboratory to land.
Stressing the importance of revising curricula of agriculture education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, he said that efforts were under way to meet today’s challenges and requirements. The course curricula for undergraduate agriculture courses were being revised by including cutting-edge technologies such as biosensors, genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, vaccines, conservation agriculture, processing and value addition and IPR issues.