Addressing Steering Committee meeting of Second Green Revolution (SGR) held today at ICAR Patna Union Agriculture Minister says there is need to rehabilitate the water logged areas in the region which accounts for 41 lakh hectare through integrated farming system approach.
The Minister said that the responsibility for reviewing and implementation of agricultural activities for bring second green revolution in the Eastern region has been assigned to ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna. The coordination and convergence between different agricultural activities, being implemented in different Eastern states by Government of India, will expedite the overall agricultural development in the region.
He asked the Steering Committee members to take action to speed up the agriculture development programme in the region. The Eastern states are contributing 50, 45 and 38 per cent towards the production of rice, vegetables and fish, respectively at the national level. Moreover, the Eastern region has the potential to achieve significant production of milk, meat, pulses and oilseeds through overall development of the agriculture.
Singh also urged the Scientists to mitigate the bad effect of climate change because in near future the change of climate will adversely affect the agricultural production as a whole. In this situation, there is need to develop and popularize climate smart technologies like short duration crops, application of conservation agriculture (zero tillage wheat, rice, direct seeded rice, protective cultivation under polyhouse, laser levelling, vermi and bio-compost, water management).
For bringing Second Green Revolution in the region, Union Agriculture Ministry has constituted three levels of committees starting from State Coordination Committee(s), Technical Coordination Committee and Steering Committee to discuss the policy, investment, convergence and related issues for successful implementation of Second Green Revolution programme.
Programme for Livelihood Improvement for Rural Women
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare also inaugurated a 5 days training programme on “Ornamental Fish Culture and Management for Livelihood Improvement of Rural Women” at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna. While addressing the participants, he said that a training centre on ornamental fish culture and production has been established recently at ICAR Research Complex, Patna for imparting training to rural women for their empowerment through ornamental fish farming.
Singh said that the aim of this programme was to improve the economic condition of rural women through self employment and for this it was decided to provide Rs. 1.0 lakh per woman for establishment of one unit. It was decided that the financial help would be provided by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and a sum of Rs. 50,000/-, i.e., 50 per cent of total cost would be given to each trained woman. However, due to non-implementation of the programme, the state has been deprived of the financial assistance by the NFDB.
Now the Central Government has established the training centre on ornamental fish culture and management at Patna, which will help the farmers of Bihar to get trained in the state itself.