Scientists play key role in making MP a leading state in agriculture: Tomar

Scientists play key role in making MP a leading state in agriculture: Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that if Madhya Pradesh has emerged amongst the leading states in the field of agriculture today, the role of Agricultural University, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) lies at its strong foundation. The minister was speaking online on the occasion of the 59th Foundation Day function of Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur on Saturday.

Tomar said that the Jabalpur-based agricultural university is known across the country as an Institute of Excellence and this is a matter of pride for the people of the state working in the agriculture sector. Ever since this university was established in the year 1964, it has made a great contribution in advancing and upgrading the agriculture sector in the state. Madhya Pradesh has repeatedly received the Krishi Karman Award in the field of agriculture, for which the state deserves commendation. Greeting all associated with the university on its foundation day, the minister said the inauguration of the girls’ hostel on this occasion is a new milestone in its glorious history.

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Describing the relevance of Indian agriculture, Tomar said that even during the Covid -19 crisis, when all other sectors had come to a standstill across the world, even then all farming activities including sowing and harvesting were done in our fields and with the bumper yield, the government set up more procurement centres and transportation was also increased and all this while strictly following the two yards distance norm of Covid protocol. Later, with the sowing of next summer crops, record production was achieved. The GDP rate of the agriculture sector remained very positive even in an adverse situation, for which our farmers and agricultural scientists deserve congratulations. Tomar said that the use of mechanisation in agriculture should increase and more and more farmers should join the new 10,000 FPOs being set up, on which the Central government is spending Rs 6,865 crore. Small farmers can take the advantage of mechanisation, use technology, shift towards remunerative crops and use government facilities including processing, then they would definitely get better returns for their produce.

Tomar said that in the era of climate change, our challenge has multiplied even more. The farmers have to depend on nature in spite of the availability of sufficient resources. In this regard, the Central government has provided a shield to the farmers in the form of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Claims worth Rs. 1.22 lakh crore have been settled against crop loss to farmers during the last six years. In view of the changing climate, research should be done in the direction of which methods the farmers should adopt, which processes and crops are tolerant to the climate and also sustain our production and productivity. He said that education plays an important role in the agriculture sector. An attempt has been made to integrate agricultural education in the new National Education Policy.

Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel and Assistant Director General (Seeds), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. DK Yadav were the special guests at the function. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Bisen, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University presided over the function.

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