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ICAR-Indian Institute of Soyabean Research, Indore has developed three varieties of soyabean, NRC 157, NRC 131, and NRC 136 which have been approved by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Sanjay Gupta, principal scientist and breeder, said that NRC 157 (IS 157) is a medium-duration variety that matures in just 94 days. It has an average yield of 16.5 qt./ha. and is also moderately resistant to diseases like Alternaria leaf spots, bacterial pustules, and target leaf spots. Field trials in the institute have found NRC 157 suitable for delayed planting with minimum yield losses. Whereas talking about NRC 131 (IS131), he highlighted that it is a medium duration variety of 93 days, with an average yield of 15 qt./ha. This variety is moderately resistant to diseases like charcoal rot and target leaf spots.

Along with these two varieties, NRC 136 (IS 136) which has already notified for cultivation in eastern region of the country, has also been released for cultivation in Madhya Pradesh this year. Dr Gyanesh Kumar Satpute, the breeder of the variety and the principal scientist of the institute, said that this variety matures in 105 days with an average yield of 17 qt./ha. NRC 136 is moderately resistant to Moongbean Yellow Mosaic Virus (MYMV) and is India’s first drought-tolerant variety.

ICAR-Indian Institute of Soyabean Research, Indore has

The ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur, recently organised a “Drone Technology Demonstration” for spraying of agricultural chemicals funded by the central sector scheme, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, implemented through ATARI (sub mission on agricultural mechanisation) with an aim to create awareness about drone applications in agriculture among the farmers, extension workers and other stakeholders.  The demonstrations were conducted at Kemminje farm and Shantigodu experimental station of ICAR-DCR, Puttur.

During the demonstrations, Dr T. N. Raviprasad, Director (Acting) highlighted how drone technology is more important for management of perennial tree crops like cashew, in which manual and mechanical means of crop management are quite challenging. The adoption of the agricultural drones will benefit the farmers by increasing the crop management efficiency and reducing the production cost.

Later, Dr Manjunatha K., Scientist (FMP) & PI of the project briefed the principle and working mechanism of agricultural spray drones. The programme was attended by scientist, technical staffs, nursery men and skilled support staffs of ICAR-DCR and scientist of CPCRI, Kasaragod.

The ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur, recently

This bio-pesticide is effective against Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera litura, white fly and aphid with safe to natural enemies.

The patent office of the government of India has granted and issued a certificate of patent for an invention entitled bio-pesticide compositions and formulation from (Citrullus colocynthis) for insect control under Patents Act, 1970. (Patent No: 407022)

Dr D. K. Samadia, Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner stated that the product is absolutely safe and effective to control insect-pests in arid zone fruits and vegetables. The invention was made by Dr S. M. Haldhar, Scientist (Entomology) and his team.

The ICAR-CIAH has released the product with the name of “Thar Jaivik 41 EC”. This bio-pesticide is effective against Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera litura, white fly and aphid with safe to natural enemies. The data on phyto-toxicity effect on plant was also recorded and found that no effect was observed on plant when applied 10 times more dose of the recommended dose of bio-pesticide. It was also observed that there was no effect on fruits and vegetables three days after spraying Thar Jaivik 41 EC. Indian arid zone is characterized by high temperature and low and variable precipitation, which limit the scope for high crop productivity. The existing low productivity could be increased by following improved new technologies and inputs. The area and yield potential of arid horticultural crops has increased many-fold because of the development of new varieties, agro-techniques and plant protection measures in arid region. Insect-pests are major constraints for increasing the production of arid horticulture crops in India. Chemical pesticides have played an important role in managing pests and diseases and increasing arid horticulture crops production in the past but  their indiscriminate  use  for  over three  decades has  led  to  several problems such as development of resistance in pest to pesticides, pesticides residues,  destruction  of  beneficial insects and the outbreak of secondary pests.  These negative effects have provided the impetus for the development of alternatives including botanical pesticides. Organic botanical pesticides are an important group of naturally occurring, often slow-acting crop protectants that are usually safer to humans and with minimal residual effects.

This bio-pesticide is effective against Helicoverpa armigera,

The registration for event shall take place till 26th September 2022.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project and Crop Science Division is organizing Hackathon 3.0 ‘’KRITAGYA” on promoting ‘speed breeding for crop improvement’.

This program will provide an opportunity to students/faculties/entrepreneurs/innovators and others to showcase innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote innovation for crop improvement.

Under the guidance of the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, such initiatives will give impetus to the desired rapid results in the crop sector with the ability to learn, innovation and solutions, employability and entrepreneurship. It will also encourage greater adoption of technology enabled solutions in the country.

According to Dr. Rakesh Chandra Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education) and National Director, National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), the definition of KRITAGYA is: KRI for Krishi meaning Agriculture, TA for Taknik meaning Technology and GYA for Gyan meaning Knowledge. In this competition, students, faculty and innovators/entrepreneurs from any university/technical institute across the country can apply and participate in the program as a group. The participating group shall consist of maximum 4 participants, with not more than one faculty and / or more than one innovator or entrepreneur. Participating students can collaborate with local start-ups, students from technology institutes and can win up-to Rs 5 Lakhs. The registration for event shall take place till 26thSeptember 2022.

This event is also extending the support to winners for further development in their concept propositions, its scalability and future plan in collaboration with Agri Business Incubators, MSMEs and other investors through support of ICAR.

The registration for event shall take place

On August 8, 2022, The ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (IGFRI) signed an MoU with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. 

IGFRI and TERI will collaborate in various areas including: 

– Rehabilitation of Red Mud Dumping Area and other degraded    areas such as Fly ash ponds, Coal, Limestone and Lignite Mines into Green Belt Development through grassland/ silvipasture / hortipasture.

– To provide suitable grass and fodder species, whenever required in research projects.
– Support in developing joint proposal preparation  as consortium partner for various agencies
– Improving Livelihood of farmers and  Forest Dependent Communities
– Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Vulnerability for adaptation
– Biodiversity Conservation
– Ecosystem Services and Carbon Finance Mechanism
– Training and capacity building on above subjects

IGFRI and TERI will implement joint research projects of common interests requiring expertise and logistics from both the parties and study impacts.

On August 8, 2022, The ICAR-Indian Grassland

The Governing Body meeting is held once in a year, NFDB has organized 8Nos of Governing Body meetings under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Minister. PRupala releases book on “Super Success Stories from Indian Fisheries” during the meeting. 

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National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) conducted its 9th Governing Body meeting at Lecture Hall, NASC Complex, New Delhi.Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying chaired the Governing Body meeting. Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Vice Chairman of the governing body and Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, special invitee and other officials of the governing body, Member (Agriculture), Niti Ayog participated in the meeting. Minister from States who participated physically in the meeting were from Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Tripura & Sikkim. It was virtually attended by Ministers from States of Haryana and Puducherry. Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India , Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog, and Secretaries of other Departments and 14 nominated Non-official governing body members from different states were also present in the meeting.

Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan stated that there is immense potential for shrimp farming in the States of Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Punjab. He added that aquaculture is developed in these states, they can compete with Andhra Pradesh in shrimp production. He said that extension services should be provided to farmers of these states. He added that Animal Welfare board facility can be utilized for establishment of training center. He further said that NFDB in collaboration with ICAR should make a plan for development of shrimp farming in the region.

Parshottam Rupala released a book on “Super Success Stories from Indian Fisheries” published by NFDB commemorating 75th Independence Day- Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations an outreach activity with a focus to disseminate the technologies, innovative ideas practiced by the small-scale farming sector and to expand the promotion of initiatives to larger population, successful fisheries and aquaculture practices across the country.

Dr Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog stated that fisheries sector is showing a record regular growth of around 8% during the past decade. He stated that Board should show the output and outcomes as per the objectives set to the Board. He stated that Andhra Pradesh is contributing about 52% of the inland fish production. He said that One District one Product has to be promoted and frontline technologies have to be applied in fisheries sector.

NFDB is headed by the Chief Executive. The Board is constituted with two levels of Committees, the Governing Body & Executive Committee for having a guidance on the administrative matters, activities of Board and any new amendments/rules that shall occur in the Board.

The Governing Body meeting is held once

The consultation was attended by more than 140 participants from diverse stakeholders including different state governments, state agriculture universities, ICAR, agritech start-ups, agri industry

The Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Government of India in association with the World Economic Forum (WEF), India organised a one-day stakeholder consultation on Public Private Partnership in Digital Agriculture on July 11, 2022.

It was chaired by Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. Ahuja referred to the Union Budget speech for 2022-23 which reads out a policy vision on “Delivery of digital and hi-tech services to farmers with involvement of public sector research and extension institutions along with private agri-tech player and stakeholders of agri value chain”.

Subsequently, Rajeev Chawla, Chief Knowledge Officer (A&FW) shared insights on the conceptual framework on Public Private Partnership for Digital Agriculture. He also shared pertinent points on data sharing, technology validation and need of a sandbox.

From state perspective, Ajit Kesari, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Madhya Pradesh also shared his views on digital agriculture and its potential stressing the need for a framework for bringing technology into agriculture.

The consultation was attended by more than 140 participants from diverse stakeholders including different state governments, state agriculture universities, ICAR, agritech start-ups, agri industry, banks, think tank, civil society, and farmer organisations.

The consultation was attended by more than

The minister inaugurated the integrated farming unit of “Moringa and Backyard Poultry” at ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad, Telangana

Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj has inaugurated the integrated farming unit of “Moringa and Backyard Poultry” at ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad, Telangana on July 1, 2022. “The Poultry Farming is one of the most important ways to alleviate malnutrition in the rural areas providing an additional income to the poor families and nutritional security to the poor and landless farmers”, said Giriraj Singh.

The Union Minister appreciated the performance of the improved Chicken Germ Plasm developed at the Directorate. He stated that the Directorate is striving hard to develop the suitable technologies for both the commercial & backyard poultry and also in the new frontier areas of nutrition, health and biotechnology.

Singh accentuated the model will help in reducing the feed cost and competitiveness for human food like Maize and Soybean. He also urged to encourage the youths to take-up the technology through start-ups. The need for exploring the possibility of branding and marketing of Moringa Fed Chicken Egg and Meat was stressed by the Union Minister.

The Guest of Honour, Dr G Narendra Kumar, IAS, Director General, National Institute for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad accentuated on the collaboration between the two organisations for the farmers’ welfare and benefits.

The minister inaugurated the integrated farming unit of “Moringa and

The Kalpa Agri-Business Incubator, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, Kerala in collaboration with Kerala start-up has jointly organised the RIBC 2.0

The Kalpa Agri-Business Incubator, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, Kerala in collaboration with Kerala start-up has jointly organised the “Rural India Business Conclave – 2022 (RIBC 2.0)” from June, 9to 13, 2022. The Chief Guest, Rajmohan Unnithan, Member of Parliament, Kasaragod, Kerala inaugurated the Conclave.

Dr Anitha Karun, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasargod briefed about the main objective of the Conclave. Dr Karun stated that the programme could network the Knowledge Partners, Entrepreneurs and Financial Institutions for the inclusive Agri-business development.

The Conclave witnessed a wide array of activities like Rural-Agri Tech Hackathon, Funder’s Talks, Expert’s Talks, Panel Discussions, Startup Pitch, Interdisciplinary Workspace for Innovative Research, Investors Meet and Dream Big Kalpa, etc.

The Institute also signed two Memorandums of Understanding during the occasion.

The Kalpa Agri-Business Incubator, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops

The Minister highlighted the importance of soil survey-based land use planning and its outreach to the farmers of the country

Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has laid the foundation stone of the New Building of ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Regional Centre, Delhi on June 6, 2022.

Delivering his address, the Minister highlighted the importance of soil survey-based land use planning and its outreach to the farmers of the country. Choudhary emphasised that 25 per cent of research should be allocated under the natural farming. He urged the Scientists to focus on realising the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision to popularise the natural farming across the country.

Dr Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR highlighted the importance of the soil survey and land use planning for the developmental activities. He stressed that the data generated is of immense importance for the policy makers, planners, administrators and different stakeholders for the implementation of the Government of India’s various schemes.

The Minister highlighted the importance of soil

Discussions were held on the role of poultry industry and its contributions to the national economy.

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad recently organised a national seminar on ‘Revisiting Poultry Production and Marketing Systems for Addressing the Fast Changing Consumer Preferences’ in Hyderabad. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Indian Poultry Science Association, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chapter.

The Chief Guest, Dr G Ranjith Reddy, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Chevella Constituency, Telangana urged that the deliberations should focus on highlighting the health benefits of egg and chicken meat. He urged the industry to stay strong in the marketing, publicising and advertising their products. Dr Reddy also encouraged the young veterinary graduates for venturing into the poultry sector that has a lot of opportunities.

The Guest of Honor, Dr V Ravinder Reddy, Vice Chancellor, PV Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, Hyderabad emphasised on the need for supporting the poultry farmers by providing the feed ingredients on time at a reasonable cost.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr RN Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad underlined the role of poultry industry and its contributions to the national economy.

The scientists from ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad along with officials, staff and students from the veterinary university, poultry entrepreneurs and industry representatives from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; officials from the Animal Husbandry Department and Members of IPSA-Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh Chapter participated in the seminar.

Discussions were held on the role of

According to the experts, the effort will undoubtedly improve the economic benefits, contribute to innovation and growth and encourage sustainability

The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Coastal Corporation, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh for the production of indigenous shrimp larval feed in Chennai.

In his address, Dr Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR highlighted the necessity for promoting the Indigenous Larval Feed.

Dr KP Jithendran, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai stated that the effort will undoubtedly improve the economic benefits, contribute to innovation and growth and encourage sustainability and competitiveness in the aquafeed sector in the longer run.

VR Sharma, Vice-President, Coastal Corporation shared the encouraging trial results obtained with the ICAR-CIBA Shrimp LarviPlus.

Dr K Ambasankar, Principal Scientist and Team Leader for the Feed Technology, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai outlined the initiative’s genesis in line with the Make in India Programme.

According to the experts, the effort will

The building will house a soil testing lab and bio-pesticides production lab

Dr Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR virtually inaugurated the New Administrative Building, Soil Testing Lab and Bio-pesticides Production Lab of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Badnapur, Jalna, Maharashtra.

In his inaugural address, Dr Singh highlighted the KVK’s efforts for doubling the farmers’ income in the country. He stated that the introduction of the additional enterprises like poultry farming, goat rearing, horticulture nursery and mushroom cultivation, etc., will help in doubling the farmers’ income. The DDG also stressed on linking the farmers with markets through the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs), crop residue management, water resource utilisation, conservation agriculture, reducing the cost of cultivation, processing and value-addition. The role of KVKs for the outreaching of the technologies developed to the farmers was underlined by Dr Singh.

Dr AS Dhawan, Vice-Chancellor, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani, Maharashtra highlighted the challenges and opportunities in front of farmers and the role of KVK in resolving them more strategically. He also urged the KVK to focus on developing good demonstration farm which will be useful to the farmers of the area.


Krishi Ratna, Vijay Anna Borade, Trustee, MSSM, Jalna, Maharashtra suggested the KVK’s Scientists to be ready to address the challenges faced by the agricultural community at the grassroot level. He also underlined that the Badnapur Campus is recognised for its outstanding contributions in the pulses’ researches and developing the climate-resilient varieties of pulses.

Dr Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra applauded the KVK’s work, especially, for the initiative of the Farmers’-Scientists’-Forum Meeting scheduled on 20th of every Month.

Dr DB Deosarkar, Director of Extension Education, VNMKV, Parbhani, outlined the initiative taken by the KVK during the short span of time.
Earlier, Dr SD Somwanshi, Head, KVK, Jalna – II, Maharashtra delivered the welcome address.

More than 200 farmers, extension functionaries, scientists and other officials from the various sections participated in the event.

The building will house a soil testing

According to the minster, new technology is aimed to reach more and more farmers, which will facilitate the farmers, reduce the cost and increase the income

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated and addressed the conference on ‘Promoting Kisan Drones: Issues, Challenges and the Way Ahead’ organized as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Tomar said that the government is promoting the use of drones for the convenience of the farmers, reducing the cost and increasing the income. For promoting the use of Kisan Drones, the government is providing 50 per cent or a maximum Rs 5 lakh subsidy to SC-ST, small and marginal, women and farmers of northeastern states to buy drones. For other farmers, financial assistance will be given up to 40 per cent or a maximum Rs 4 lakh.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary said that this new technology is aimed to reach more and more farmers, which will facilitate them, reduce the cost and increase their income. Under this vision of the Prime Minister, work is being done expeditiously under the guidance of Union Agriculture Minister Tomar. During the attack of locust, the government had also promptly used drones and helicopters for rescue.

Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja said that the conditions are favourable to take drones to the farmers and the government is also committed in this regard. ICAR Director-General Dr Trilochan Mohapatra said that ICAR is contributing through research and training. With this, more and more farmers will be ready to use drones. Joint Secretary Shomita Biswas delivered the welcome address. Additional Secretary Prashant Kumar Swain proposed a vote of thanks. Farmers and entrepreneurs of the drone, fertiliser and pesticide sector, startup operators, and representatives of IFFCO and KVK were present at the conference.

According to the minster, new technology is