Tomar called for more efforts towards adequate availability of water and fodder in the country
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the seed processing and storage facility at the Indian Grassland and Grassland Research Institute, Jhansi, an institution under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). A women’s farmers’ conference was also organised on this occasion.
On this occasion, Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director General of ICAR, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Chancellor, Jhansi, Dr Panjab Singh and Dr A.K. Singh Vice-Chancellor were present. Tomar also observed the techniques and reviewed activities of the University with Dr Amresh Chandra, Director of the Indian Grassland and Grassland Research Institute. Apart from the institute headquarters, 3 units of this type of seed processor have been installed at the regional research centres located at Dharwad and Srinagar, which the Ministry of Agriculture has funded for Rs 3.7 crore. During the Women’s Farmers Conference, agricultural equipment worth Rs 50 lakhs were distributed to the beneficiary women farmers under the Scheduled Caste sub-project run at the institute/centres.
Tomar appreciated the efforts of the institute for the empowerment of farmers and women farmers through the Scheduled Caste sub-Project and praised the scientists of the institute for the development of more than 300 fodder crop varieties and various techniques developed by the institute. He emphasised taking the institute’s different research to the maximum number of farmers. Mentioning the various welfare schemes being run by the Government of India for the benefit of farmers, Tomar called for more efforts towards adequate availability of water and fodder in the country.