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It will give an impetus to the development of agricultural education and research in Arunachal Pradesh, along with other North-eastern states.

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated Academic-cum-Administrative Building and Transit Hostel of the College of Agriculture under Central Agricultural University, (Imphal) at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, in the presence of Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament, Er Tage Taki, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy & Fisheries, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Anupam Mishra, Vice Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur and A K Tripathi, Dean, College of Agriculture, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Tomar expressed hope that the new facilities would encourage and motivate the students to work harder. “Agriculture is the fastest growing sector in the country, and the Government of India is making continuous efforts to make farming much profitable. There will be no constraint of central funding for development of the agriculture sector,” he said, adding that “the setting up of this institute will give an impetus to the development of agricultural education and research in Arunachal Pradesh, along with other North-eastern states. There is unlimited potential for organic farming in the North-eastern states, for which the central government and the state government are working together. Giving importance to agriculture in bringing about development and security of livelihood in the Northeast, farming activities are being strengthened by agricultural education and research,” he said.

Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh credited the central government “for uplifting the image of farmers from ‘poor’ to ‘proud entrepreneurs’ in a span of eight years with its farmer-centric flagship programmes.”Speaking at the function in College of Agriculture in East Siang district on Thursday, Khandu said that “many young entrepreneurs coming up to avail benefits of both central and state flagship programmes are keen to invest in agriculture and allied sectors.” 

On this occasion, a two-day Kisan Mela was also organised wherein around 850 farmers attended the programme.

In the Mela, 20 stalls of public and private sectors showcased their technologies/products. A farmers-scientist interface was also held to get the feedback of farmers on the adoption of improved agricultural technologies of potato and tuber crop cultivation.

Rajesh Kumar, Director, ATARI, Guwahati, officials from 8 KVKs, ICAR Research Complex, Basar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam Agricultural University, around 65 students, 30 line department officials participated in the Kisan Mela.

It will give an impetus to

Government focused on promoting women farmers in the country

Melinda French Gates, the Co-Chairperson of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held a meeting with the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, in New Delhi. During the meeting, Tomar inaugurated the creation of an integrated “Agriculture Investment Portal” by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. In the meeting, Tomar said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has full focus on promoting women farmers in the country.

In the meeting, Tomar said that there are many challenges in the agriculture sector, to solve which the Government of India is continuously working efficiently under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. He said that the number of small farmers is more in the country, the government believes that if their strength increases, then the agriculture sector will improve and production will also increase, the government is working in this direction. Tomar said that traditional farming methods used to run in the agriculture sector in India, now in the current perspective there is a need for investment in the agriculture sector, in view of which the government has initiated many reforms, incorporated technology in agriculture and to ensure the eligible farmers are provided aid with transparency, the Digital Agriculture Mission has also been started in the country. Tomar told that with the aim of further increasing investment in agriculture, the Government of India has allocated a special package of over Rs 1.5 lakh crore for agriculture and allied sectors under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Work on these provisions has started, including the Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. Once these are implemented, the Indian agriculture sector will be rejuvenated.

Tomar said that a large number of women are also working in the agriculture sector in India. To increase their number and for their continuous progress, the Union Ministry of Rural Development is also running a scheme for the empowerment of women farmers, in which the Ministry of Agriculture is partnering. At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture spends a certain part of its budget for the upliftment of women farmers. Tomar said that the “Krishi Nivesh Portal” (Agriculture Investment Portal) will prove to be a milestone in terms of investment in the agriculture sector, which will be a centralised one stop portal for agri-investors to avail benefits of various government schemes implemented by various departments related to agriculture and allied sectors. He said that this portal would prove to be handy for the investors, they would get a lot of help from it. Appreciating the work being done by the Gates Foundation in various fields in India, Tomar hoped that working in the agriculture sector in India by the Foundation would prove to be a good experience.

Melinda Gates said she would be happy to work with the Ministry of Agriculture. She wants that there should be maximum involvement of women farmers. She said that the Foundation is working in many countries and has a good experience in India. Melinda Gates expressed happiness over India getting the presidency of G-20 and expressed her desire to always work together. Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja and Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Himanshu Pathak also gave their views in the meeting. Joint Secretary Praveen Samuel gave a presentation. Other officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and representatives of the India office of Gates Foundation were present on the occasion.


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 New integrated pack houses will help farmers in increasing horticulture export

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar the inaugurated 30 Integrated Pack Houses across the state at Aterna village in Sonipat (Haryana).  Haryana’s Agriculture Minister Dalal welcomed Union Agriculture Minister Tomar in Haryana. He said that Haryana is a state of farmers. No other state has as many schemes as the Haryana government has brought for the farmers. This includes Crop Insurance Scheme, Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana, purchase of crops on MSP, proper arrangement of mandis etc. He said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Manohar Lal, pack houses have been established in the state through FPOs. This will benefit the farmers.

 Dalal said that cold stores, pack houses are being established in the state. The world’s largest vegetable market is being set up in Gannaur, which will be spread over 5500 acres. It will cost Rs 10,000 crore to make it. This will provide employment to thousands of people.

Tomar said that India is an agricultural country. The importance and priority of agriculture has been accepted by the Central and Haryana Government. History is witness that the village economy has supported in the recession. The world had stopped at the time of Corona. Knowing the problems of the farmers, the central government bought the crop by setting up more purchase centres. That year the sowing of the farmers crop was more than the previous years. The export of agricultural products stood at Rs.4.4 lakh crore.

 New integrated pack houses will help farmers

Haryana plans to set up 500 pack houses to revolutionise horticulture in the state

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister inaugurated 30 Integrated Pack Houses across the state at Aterna village in Sonipat (Haryana) recently.

He said that Haryana is ahead in crop production and horticulture and it cannot be praised enough. Today it is necessary that farmers cultivate new crops, use technology in production and produce quality products. It is a matter of happiness that the farmers of Haryana and the Haryana government are walking on this path. 

During this, Jayprakash Dalal, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Haryana, was also present.

In this programme organised by the Horticulture Department of the Haryana Government, Tomar praised the schemes being run for the farmers in the state. In Haryana, 30 pack houses are being built across the state through FPOs. The Haryana government has planned about 500 pack houses, and not just 100 pack houses in the state. Setting up of 100 pack houses will change the picture of Haryana, while 500 pack houses will bring revolution in the field of horticulture in the state. 

Tomar said that the Government of India and Prime Minister Modi care about the farmers. To help the farmers, the Central Government has deposited Rs 2,17,000 crore in the accounts of crores of farmers under the Kisan Samman Nidhi. Minimum Support Price has been fixed for Rabi and Kharif crops, which is directly benefiting the farmers.

On this occasion, Sonipat’s MP Ramesh Kaushik also welcomed and felicitated Union Minister Tomar on reaching Sonipat.

Haryana plans to set up 500 pack

The portal contains information about the mission, implementation outline, resources, implementation progress, farmer registration, blog

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, recently chaired the first steering committee meeting of the National Natural Farming Mission at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. In the meeting, Tomar launched the NMNF portal. He said that the mission of natural farming in the country would be taken forward with everyone’s cooperation. In this regard, he asked the officers to coordinate with the State Governments and Central Departments and enable market linkage so that the farmers get more ease in selling their products. Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi, Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja and senior officers of various ministries attended the meeting.

The newly launched portal (http://naturalfarming.dac.gov.in/) has been developed by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. It contains all the information about the mission, implementation outline, resources, implementation progress, farmer registration, blog etc., which will be useful for the farmers. Also, this website will help in promoting natural farming in the country.

In the meeting, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that good initiatives have been taken to promote natural farming. He also gave his suggestions in this regard in the meeting. Jal Shakti Minister Shekhawat said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, work is being done for natural farming on the banks of the Ganga. The Ministry of Jal Shakti has made a roadmap by identifying 75 Sahakar Ganga villages in the first phase by signing an MoU with Sahkar Bharti and training has been given to the farmers.

UP Agriculture Minister Shahi said that under the Namami Gange Project, the promotion of natural farming has been started in the state. A target has been set to work in every block and master training has been done.

It was informed in the meeting that more than 4.78 lakh hectares of the additional area have been brought under natural farming in 17 states from December 2021. 7.33 lakh farmers have taken initiative in natural farming. About 23 thousand programs have been organized for the sanitization and training of farmers. Natural farming is being implemented in 1.48 lakh hectares on the banks of the river Ganga in four states.

The portal contains information about the mission,

Use of drones is a key component of the Centre’s mission of promoting digital agriculture to strengthen farming sector

Drones are becoming famous in every aspect of life—from social media reels to shipment delivery to traffic monitoring. So how can agriculture stay away? Drones have become a crucial agent for the rapid transformation of the agriculture sector worldwide. And India is no exception to it. The use of drones is a key component of the central government’s mission of promoting digital agriculture to strengthen the farming sector. State governments too are adopting it with vigour as they are experimenting with drones in farming and promoting their use.

Artificial Intelligence enabled drones are used for precision farming that increases productivity and thus farm income. Drones have multi-faceted uses. They make farm operations faster and more efficient. They also help farmers to save significant money by making optimum use of fertilisers and pesticides and by ensuring uniform sowing of seeds. Spraying chemicals is a time-consuming process and it poses a health hazard. Drones can fly at low height (1-3 metre) over the crops, which make the spraying of nutrients and pesticides effective and efficient, as well as allow farmers to assess standing crops through cameras. All this not just facilitates higher productivity but also brings down the expenses on crop inputs.

Farmers in the US, who grew corn, soybean and wheat could save around $1.3 billion every year by incorporating drones in their farm operations. There are reports that drone-led precision farming can reduce input cost by 18-20 per cent while enhancing yield by 30-100 per cent in India. Drones have shown they can be beneficial in planting seeds in the Indo-Gangetic plains, where the rice-wheat cropping system is prevalent.

Farmers can make crop surveillance of the field using infrared cameras and get real-time information about crop growth, infestation, and requirement of inputs. This helps farmers in responding to any problem sooner and take active measures to nip it in the bud. Applications of drones can also be used for mapping water spread areas, pest infestation, and livestock farming besides assisting farmers in adopting good agricultural practices (GAP). Crops can be contamination-free, making them get good export prices.

Government support and encouragement for drones was evident when the Prime Minister of India inaugurated India’s biggest Drone Festival – Bharat Drone Mahotsav in May 2022.

Prime Minister called the use of drones a “milestone” for Indian agriculture and expressed confidence it would create more opportunities. The government of India has extended huge subsidies to different agriculture-related instructors, farmers producers organisations (FPO) and custom hiring centres (CHC) for purchasing and promoting drones under a new scheme of Kisan Drone. These drones are helpful for government agencies also as they can be used for crop assessment of production estimates or to process farm insurance, digitisation of land records, and can expedite claim processing and bring transparency.

Many state governments have shown interest such as the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to procure 200 Kisan Drones, which would solve the problem of labour shortage and health hazards. As excessive rains flooded farms, Karnataka has decided to use drones for crop assessment to bring transparency. Tamil Nadu too has roped in drones as a part of the digital intervention to make agriculture and farming profitable and sustainable.Gujarat, Rajasthan too, have joined the journey of digital revolution.

Drones were used in 2020 to ward off locus attacks, saving millions of hectares of farmland. Farmers are getting first-hand experience in operating drones and their usefulness such as testing the moisture of soil, which is not possible through traditional ways. State governments are confident that drones will be game-changer not only for farmers but for the entire agri economy.

Despite knowing the importance of technology, our agriculture did not adopt it for years. However, we can see a gain in momentum now. Both central and state governments are keen on embracing it. The involvement of agri start-ups, FPOs and CHCs in drone technology will allow farmers especially those financially poor to try new technological solutions. As drones become affordable and easily accessible, more and more farmers will start using them. Moreover, drones can create employment opportunities in rural parts, especially for the tech-savvy youth and bring them back to farms. As they say, artificial intelligence is set to transform the world, drones are going to change the face of farming in the 21st century.

Use of drones is a key component

At the recently held national conference ‘Expansion of Horticulture Value Chain in India’ held at Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management in Pune, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said that to promote farming and to raise the standard of living of farmers, schemes like Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), Agriculture Infrastructure Fund of Rs 1 lakh crore, Digital Agriculture Mission, Drone Technology, e-NAM, PM irrigation schemes are being implemented. The programme was organised by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and attended by people related to the horticulture field including farmers, FPOs, start-ups and bankers were present.

Tomar in his address said that if the villages are prosperous and self-reliant, then the country itself will become prosperous and self-sufficient. Tomar said that agriculture is our priority and the backbone of our economy. He said that there is a need to pioneer the agriculture sector because the traditional economy of agriculture and villages is the biggest strength of the country. No matter how adverse the situation, agriculture always proves helpful for our economy. He said that the merchant-entrepreneur should give the maximum price of agricultural produce to the farmer. This will not only make our farmers prosperous but also inspire the next generation to do farming.  

Tomar said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has promoted indigenous technology in agriculture in the last 8 years. Modi has not only talked about increasing the income of farmers but also taken several measures by associating State governments and by directly involving farmers.

He also said that today youth, retired employees, and people associated with the corporate sector are also coming forward for farming. People’s interest in organic and natural farming is also increasing. There has been a record export of agricultural products worth Rs 4 lakh crore.

Tomar said that today India is self-sufficient in food grains. India ranks first or second in the world in most agricultural products. Along with food crops, horticulture cultivation is also being promoted. For small farmers, the Central Government started the Horticulture Mission and scheme of FPOs. Efforts are being made that small farmers should do farming together so that they get maximum benefits. By uniting in the FPO and cluster system, the farmers will not have to go to the traders, but the traders will be forced to come to them to buy products.

 Tomar said along with the production of food grains, the horticulture sector, especially the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, plays an important role in increasing the income of the farmers. It is necessary to pay attention to the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and millet because only food grains will not work for the nutrients.  

At the recently held national conference ‘Expansion

342.33 million tonne estimated to be produced in 28.08 million hectare

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India releases the 3rd Advance Estimates of the area and production of various horticultural crops for the year 2021-22. According to the estimate, a record 342.33 million tonne are estimated to be produced in an area of 28.08 million hectare. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, congratulated the farmers, scientists and officers of horticulture for this achievement. 

Year 2021-22 (3rd Advance Estimate):

• The total horticulture production is estimated to be 342.33 million tonne in the year 2021-22, showing an increase of about 7.73 million tonnes (an increase of 2.3 percent) over the year 2020-21.

• Production of fruits is estimated to be 107.24 million tonne as against 102.48 million tonne in 2020-21.

• Production of vegetables is estimated to be 204.84 million tonne as against 200.45 million tonne in 2020-21.

• Production of Onion is estimated to be 31.27 Million Tonne as against 26.64 Million Tonne in the year 2020-21.

• Production of Potatoes is estimated to be 53.39 million tonne as against 56.17 million tonne in 2020-21.

• Tomato production is estimated to be 20.33 million tonne as against 21.18 million tonne in 2020-21.

342.33 million tonne estimated to be produced

Will it be of much significance to tackle the hazard at the earliest or will it take too long to reach the beneficiaries?

India has been wading through the menace of the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) which has currently killed about 57,000 bovines and infected around over 15.21 lakh cattle. The global concern was widely discussed during the recently held “World Dairy Summit 2022’, from 12th-15th September, with a host of speakers declaring it as a dairy exigency.

The discussion revolved around the recently launched vaccine- Lumpi-ProVacInd, an indigenous shot developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) that is currently awaiting a nod for emergency use from Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD) for the treatment of LSD. The delay is centred around the vaccine’s efficacy and its subsequent line of production.  Praveen Malik, Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD), talked to AgroSpectrum India highlighting similar concerns on the outlines of the global summit. He said, “The indigenous vaccine announced recently has been unnecessarily creating a buzz and wrongly termed as a breakthrough without even going through a pilot run. It needs to be properly tested before we can see any significant results on the ground in terms of preventing or curing the disease.” “After the requisite trials, it needs to be manufactured on a large scale to distribute it to all the stakeholders, not just a fraction of the population who need it. Else, the entire purpose of producing the vaccination will be defeated. Given this outlook, the bigger question is about the companies responsible for producing the vaccination at a later stage. Also, the entire process will take a significant time before we move the needle to the next stage,” he continued.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during the launch of the indigenous vaccine to protect livestock from the disease in August this year however shared a different outlook on the efficacy of the shot and called it a ‘milestone event’. He said that Indian scientists have undertaken limited trials in a short period and have developed a 100 per cent effective vaccine complying with all standards, which will be effective in getting rid of the disease.

During the summit, Malik also commented on the existing portfolio of vaccinations available including Goat Pox, which is the current shot being administered in India to treat the spread of the deadly disease. Elaborating on its use, Malik said, “Goat Pox has good efficacy to completely eradicate LSD from the ground in the time to come. With the continuous use of this product, India will be left with a marginal number of such cases in a month or less, just like the small number of Covid cases we see today. The vaccination also has an avoidable or no relapse rate, making it an effective remedy against the widespread disease.”

In August, around 1.53 crore cattle were vaccinated with Goat Pox with the government aiming to vaccinate the entire population in the days ahead. It is a heterologous vaccine, currently being manufactured by Hester Biosciences Ltd and Indian Immunologicals Ltd respectively.

Whether the new vaccine would help further in eradicating this disease completely, is something to be seen over time.

By Manishika Miglani

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Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Family Welfare, has launched a Project Management Unit (PMU) on Public Private Partnership (PPP) in agriculture, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). During the announcement, Tomar said that PPP model can be ideal for growth in the agriculture sector and the projects must focus on benefitting the farmers through enhancement of their income.

The primary objective of this PPP initiative is to enhance the income of small farmers by creating additional value, from provisioning of quality inputs, technology extension to market linkages, and value addition. PPP initiatives are also expected to lead to modernising agriculture practices, building climate resilience among farmers, developing agriculture and rural infrastructure, and increasing agricultural exports. A particular objective is to assist the states to unlock the full potential of their respective agro-climatic regions, and wide variety of agri produce and help producers to integrate better with domestic and export markets.

Commenting on the development, Manoj Ahuja, secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare stated that the government should play a catalytic role in facilitating investments in the agriculture sector. The private sector and NGOs should come together and partner with the government on such projects which will have a multiplier effect, he added. The announcement was made in the presence of Shubrakant Panda, senior vice president, FICCI who expressed confidence in the PMU initiative accelerating large scale PPP projects in agriculture by leveraging the private sector investments and bringing convergence of government schemes and subsidies. Abhilaksh Likhi, additional secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and other senior ministry officers a were present on the occasion.

Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, recently inaugurated the sixth State Centre of Coconut Development Board at Junagadh in Gujarat. Tomar also inaugurated the 24th World Coconut Day celebrations. 

During his address, Tomar said that along with coconut cultivation, processing and marketing is also growing in our country and India is becoming a leading player in coconut exports. Through the board, the farmers cultivating coconut are getting benefits of the government’s schemes and along with increasing their income, they are also contributing to the country’s economy.

On the occasion of the World Coconut Day this year, Tomar congratulated the National Award and Export Excellence Award winners of Coconut Development Board and also addressed the farmers gathered in Kochi, Kerala through video conference.

Tomar elaborated that the central government is working continuously with the states to increase the cultivation and processing of coconut. The schemes are being implemented meticulously through the Coconut Development Board. He said that the cultivation of coconut is a very good farming practice and its growth will increase the benefits drawn by farmers and the country as a whole.

The function was organised by Junagadh Administration and Coconut Development Board wherein Dr. Vijayalakshmi Nadendla, joint secretary and board president, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare delivered the welcome address.

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, inaugurated four new facilities at the Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), in Jodhpur, ‎Rajasthan‎. The institute has been rendering excellent services for more than 60 years under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Chaudhary were special guests on this occasion.
Tomar, in his address, said that CAZRI, an institute of excellence of the ICAR, has been doing innovations and research in agriculture for the farmers of the arid region for more than 60 years, which is an example for our desert areas as well as for the whole world. Due to the research work done by CAZRI such as dune stabilisation, sprinkler and drip irrigation system and new varieties of crops, grasses and fruits, farmers’ income is increasing. Work like solar energy, reduction in the cost of farming and livestock management by CAZRI will also be beneficial for the farmers of dry areas. Due to the new technologies and research achievements being developed by CAZRI from time to time, the institute has bagged eight out of 10 national awards of ICAR in the last six years.
The minister also inaugurated the newly constructed auditorium, agri-business nurturing centre, environment-friendly waste water treatment plant and indoor sports hall at CAZRI. He also honoured progressive farmers during the programme.
Tomar informed that in the last eight years, many schemes have been launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving agriculture, providing income support and technology support to the farmers, which will successfully help India in producing every crop and agricultural product.

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture and Farmers

Eminent seed production experts of the country are participating in this three-day conference.

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 11th National Seed Congress-2022 at the Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University in Gwalior.

On this occasion the newly constructed auditorium of the University was named after the late Dattopant Thengadi. Simultaneously the State Academy of Agricultural and Allied Sciences (SAAS) was launched. The efforts of NAAS at the national level and SAAS at the regional level will further accelerate the activities of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry science and promotion of related research and education.

“Now that the climatic conditions are changing, this challenge has to be dealt with. Now there should be self-sufficiency in pulses and oilseeds also. For this the government is working in mission mode, but along with policies and funding, the invention of seeds should be such that it increases productivity and takes the country towards self-reliance. Agricultural scientists have a huge responsibility in this, and they need to do more work,” said Tomar.

In this event, deliberations will be held on the new experiments in the field of improved seed production in the country, keeping in view the future requirements and a policy will be framed on the strategy of improved seed production, especially of oilseeds and pulses. Eminent seed production experts of the country are participating in this three-day conference.

Initially the Vice Chancellor Prof. S. Koteshwara Rao delivered the welcome address. Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; Ashwini Kumar, Joint Secretary (Seeds), Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and other dignitaries also addressed the gathering. In the programme, the Registrar, Anil Saxena along with the University officials, scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras, farmers and students were present on the occasion.

Eminent seed production experts of the country

Seedling production of tomato, pepper, brinjal, chilli, cucumber, tomato, pepper, brinjal, chilli and exotic vegetables is proposed to be done in the Center of Excellence for Vegetables

 Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, laid the foundation stone of the Indo-Israel Center of Excellence for Vegetables in Chandauli (Uttar Pradesh) through video conferencing.

The technology for the Center is provided by Israeli experts under the India-Israel Action Plan (IIAP) with funds for building infrastructure for demonstration purposes from MIDH. Centers of Excellence (CoEs) are being set up in the States based on Israeli technologies. These Centers of Excellence act as demonstration and training centers for the latest technologies in the field of Horticulture. They also serve as a source of planting material for fruits and vegetables in protected cultivation.

Tomar hoped the establishment of the Indo-Israel Center of Excellence for Vegetables will play an important role in the development of Chandauli district as well as Purvanchal region. “Here seeds and plants of improved vegetables will be cultivated and distributed to the farmers. Farmers can also sponsor the development of plants for themselves. Farmers will get a lot of benefit in increasing the production of vegetables. By using the latest methods of farming, farmers will be able to get better yield and also export vegetables. Nursery of other agricultural produce including vegetables will be prepared at this Centre of excellence to promote the agriculture sector globally. This will not only benefit the farmers here, but will help the district be known globally in the field of vegetables and agriculture,” he said.

Tomar added that it is the intention of the Government that the leading district in the production of paddy and wheat can also emerge better in vegetable production as well. “The climate of Chandauli district, which is known as the rice bowl of UP, is suitable for setting up the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables. There are 9 agro-climatic zones in the State which are favourable for the cultivation of various horticultural crops throughout the year. Seedling production of tomato, pepper, brinjal, chilli, cucumber, tomato, pepper, brinjal, chilli and exotic vegetables is proposed to be done in the hi-tech climate-controlled greenhouse to be set up in the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables, while cultivation of cucumber, cauliflowers, baby corn, sweet corn and exotic vegetables is proposed in the open field. Along with micro-irrigation in the open, a trial demonstration of farming with fertigation and chemigation systems will be done. There will also be a demonstration of installation of seepage, sprinkler irrigation and other plastic culture applications,” he said.

Seedling production of tomato, pepper, brinjal, chilli,