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Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh launched the Education portal of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Agriculture Universities and Directors of ICAR Institutes in New Delhi, on Thursday.
The (https://education.icar.gov.in) will act as a single window platform for providing vital education information, announcements, event schedules, e-learning resources from agricultural universities across the country to the rural youth in an easy and fast way on their doorsteps. The portal will also help in management, monitoring and promoting activities and schemes of Education Division, ICAR. It has been designed and developed by the Division of Computer Application, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) under the guidance of Agricultural Education Division, ICAR. The portal has been developed for agriculture universities coming on the single platform to disseminate the information for benefits of students and farming community.
Addressing the gathering, Singh said, the State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) and ICAR have been working to make agriculture sustainable and beneficial for the farmers. In a coordinated effort, agriculture universities and ICAR institutes along with various state and central agencies have developed “Strategy Document on Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 for different States. ICAR has developed 45 Integrated Farming System (IFS) models to help small and marginal farmers to tide over the problems associated with climate change. This model is being replicated and taken forward through KVKs spread across the country. Besides this, ICAR has developed 623 certified District Level contingency schemes and organised skill development programmes for 40.9 lakh farmers. ICAR through its KVKs spread across the country have displayed climate friendly techniques in 29 States. ICAR has also developed 42 organic farming techniques, which were tested and are being further improved.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, in his address, said the country has made quantitative progress in the field of agriculture, but now there is a need to make qualitative progress in this field. He urged that in the field of agricultural education, skill based courses should be introduced to develop entrepreneurial skills amongst youth. He appealed that mushrooming of private colleges should be stopped.
Professor Dr. Ramesh Chandra, Member, NITI Aayog appreciated ICAR for developing state specific road map for doubling farmer’s income. He said increase in productivity and reduction in cost of production will help to achieve this goal. Dr. Chandra added that there is a need to improve food and nutritional security, food safety and sustainability. He said, Zero budget farming needs scientific scrutiny and if it is feasible, should be encouraged.