There was a time when there was talent in our country and we were not able to recognize it. There was no environment to showcase their talent and dynamic youngsters were forced to go abroad, but today it is not so. Prime Minister Shri Modi grasped this situation and created a positive environment in the country, due to which not only India but the whole world has changed. Before 2014, there used to be only 31-32 Startups in the country, but today their number has increased to more than 6,500. In the Agriculture sector alone, their number is above 2,000. Today the whole world is recognizing the power of India and also accepting its stature.
By terming Millets as Shree Anna, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the "Miracle Food" a new meaning & dimension. International Year of Millets (IYM) – 2023 will provide an opportunity to increase global production, efficient processing and better use of crop rotation and promote millets as a major component of the food basket. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is working in mission mode to increase millet production and consumption in collaboration with other Central Ministries, all State Governments and other stakeholders.
From farmers to the Industry, all should work together to strive for excellence in agriculture. If feedback is received on how industry can apply the research done by ICAR, how to take it forward by complementing each other, what does the industry, working at the grassroots level want, then the delivery will improve. The importance of our agricultural products has increased in the world. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that the quality of our products is good. The shortcomings or gaps in this sector need to be filled, as well as how India can achieve excellence in the agriculture sector. While facing the current international challenges, everyone from farmers to industry should work together in that direction.
Students & Youth should contribute to make Agriculture more remunerative and make villages more prosperous. Prime Minister Modi constantly emphasizes that we should not only make the present beautiful, but also make India a developed nation by the time we celebrate the centenary of India’s Independence, this is a golden and historic opportunity for India. It is the responsibility of the new generation to take advantage of it. The future of the country in 2047 should be such that India becomes the torchlight to the world.
Nearly Rs 127 crore released for Kisan Drone promotion. This includes Rs. 52.5 crores released to ICAR for purchase of 300 Kisan Drones and organizing their demonstrations on the farmers’ fields in 75000 hectares through 100 KVKs, 75 ICAR institutions and 25 SAUs. It also includes funds released to various State Governments for supply of more than 300 Kisan Drone to farmers on subsidy and establishment of more than 1500 Kisan Drone CHCs to provide drone services to the farmers. The use of Kisan Drones has a potential to provide ample opportunities of employment to people in rural areas.
SATHI (Seed Traceability, Authentication, and Holistic Inventory) portal will prove to be revolutionary in the Agriculture sector. Government of India is constantly trying to overcome the challenges and difficulties faced by the sector through various schemes and programs. Seeds, pesticides, fertilizers and irrigation play a major role in agriculture. Inferior quality or spurious seeds affect the growth of agriculture. This causes loss to the farmers and affects agricultural production of the country. We should devise a system so that the market of spurious seeds is checked and quality seeds reach the farmers. SATHI portal is an important step in this direction.
Youths as agripreneurs, technological agents, input and knowledge providers will make all the difference in achieving our food and nutritional security
Mr Norman Borlaug’s idea was to combine genetic improvements with the application of modern technology to boost agricultural productivity. He believed that the best way to address global hunger was through increasing agricultural productivity rather than food aid
Precision agriculture is an approach where improved inputs and agricultural practices are used in precise manner to make every aspect of agriculture profitable and sustainable
India boasts of an infrastructure of around 600 shrimp hatcheries feeding 1,70,000 hectares of farming generating a production of more than a million tonnes per annum. We now command 26% share of the global shrimp trade
The future of Indian agriculture is both challenging and full of opportunities. The challenges of small holdings, poor infrastructure, low productivity and low returns on investment can be addressed through the use of technology, innovation, and sustainable farming practices
The major hurdle in growth of startups is market access. Innovation needs to be matched with proper markets
Most dairy manufacturing plants are now working towards a “Zero discharge” policy wherein the water utilized in processing is recycled and reused within the plant itself
Clusters of production areas in horticultural crops and other crops will come up in a big way as a part of the value chain development efforts. This will help in adding value to farm produce and connect them to both domestic and export markets in a significant way
Many programmes were conducted in physical mode to spread awareness about AIF, providing handholding support and interactions with stakeholders. Eight AIF State Conclaves were conducted in Kerala, Telangana, Punjab, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan
NAHEP has brought about significant changes in the agricultural education system, particularly in the areas of curriculum reform, faculty development, infrastructure development, experiential learning and promoting industry-academia collaboration
Secondary Agriculture adds high value, creates jobs, reduces pollution, improves farm economies rapidly, builds rural agro-industries, increases international trades and adds quality to life of rural population.
India will have to do its own assessment and derive its own formula as regards the switch to chemical-free farming. But with the poor carbon content in soil, depleting water table and abnormal rise in cancer cases, the time to take the decision is now!
Advances in the fields of microbiology, biotechnology, genetic engineering space, High-tech Agri-Inputs, Farm Mechanization, communication technology, Digital Technologies, IOT and related IT enabled technologies have propelled the farm sector into an era of precision agriculture
Nutritionally, millets are equivalent or superior to wheat and rice. Agro climatically, they make more sense to grow, as they require less water and practically no fertilizer or pesticides
We have developed global technology Centers of Excellence in Finland, Japan and Turkey, based on acquisition over the last decade, from where we are currently rolling out product solutions for the Indian and global markets.
Mother Dairy’s fruits and vegetable processing plant at Ranchi has taken the initiative to connect to the newly formed FPOs in Jharkhand. These FPOs were being promoted by SFAC and supported by SAFAL on a shared understanding to provide market linkage to the farmers.
GOI has launched several initiatives to promote and support agriculture in the country. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, and Soil Health Card Scheme are some of the initiatives that have been implemented to provide better facilities and infrastructure to farmers.