On its 86th Foundation Day and ICAR Award Ceremony, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) conferred awards for commendable jobs in the agriculture sector in the country, in New Delhi recently. This year, 89 awards were given under 16 different categories which include three institutions, one All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRP), 73 scientists, 10 farmers and two agriculture journalists, including 11 women scientists.
Being chief guest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the agricultural scientists to empower the farming community and make them prosperous through new science and technology interventions. While acknowledging millions of Indian farmers for their immense contributions, he emphasised the need to disseminate technologies to farmers in the most simple, adoptable and acceptable manner. The PM reiterated that we must make adequate improvements in science and technology in sync with fast changing climate and agro-climatic zones. We will have to strengthen capabilities of farmers so that food security can be ensured for the country along with the enhancement of profits for them, he added.
Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture, said, due to critical monsoon conditions, the steps have already been undertaken to implement contingency plans in 520 districts of the country. These are developed under the NICRA project of ICAR. He also informed that 639 Krishi Viyan Kendras are working at ground level and in 12th five year plan ‘FARMER FIRST’ scheme will be initiated. He also emphasised the contribution of ICAR in the field of agricultural education, soil health, climate change and agro diversity.
The ceremony witnessed representatives of the scientific institutions, ministries, international organisations, agricultural universities along with scientists and senior officers of ICAR.