The Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh stressed on utilisation of indigenous cattle breeds in animal breeding programmes to develop climate resilient cattle breeds. He was talking at the 3rd meeting of ICAR Regional Committee No.VII at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur.
Mentioning some of the recent initiatives taken by the ministry, he expressed his commitment towards the farmers' prosperity and called upon all the stakeholders at both state and national levels to work in harmony with complete dedication.
During his speech, he discussed the role of regional committee in agricultural development of the region and appreciated National Agricultural Research System’s efforts in sustaining food grains production through district-wise contingent plans in the wake of deficit monsoon.
Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, chaired the inaugural session and also inaugurated Dr. RH Richariya Research Laboratory at IGKV. He lauded the contributions of farmers, ICAR, SAUs, and KVKs in agricultural development in the region. The Chief Minister stressed the importance of soil health cards and farmers' insurance, and called upon intensification of research on fisheries, animal husbandry, farm mechanisation, agro-forestry and biodiversity conservation.
In his address, Brij Mohan Agrawal, Minister for Agriculture, Veterinary, Fisheries and Water Resources, Government of Chhatisgarh, urged the need of Indian agricultural services, KVKs in remaining nine districts, centre of excellence for rice, biodiversity park, regional centre for organic farming, subsidy on mechanisation and regional centre of Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) for the agricultural development of region.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and DG, ICAR, highlighted the major challenges faced by Indian agriculture in general and the region and also briefed about the Council's preparations to counter the challenges.