Context: Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) celebrated its 93rd foundation day.
Key Highlights of the foundation day event:
- As part of the celebration, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare and the Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology jointly launched Kisan Sarathi.
- The agricultural sector’s capability to meet the targets of the essential food crops even during the challenging times of COVID-19 was praised.
- Union Ministers urged for a collective approach for developing technologies in effectively solving various problems and challenges of the farming community.
- He lauded the active participation by more than 400 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” programme initiated by the Council to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence.
- The Union Minister outlined the Central Government’s farmers’-friendly Schemes like:
- Water to every Agricultural land,
- Per Drop More Crop, etc.,
- These schemes are aimed at accelerating the progress of the agricultural sector and transforming the farm sector of the country.
- He stressed on promoting integrated farming along with organic and natural farming practices and emphasized creating a new synergy between research and education to contribute wisely in the process of nation-building.
- He also emphasized that the New Farm Bills will not only bring revolutionary transformation in the agricultural sector, but also enhance farmers’ livelihood options.
- ICAR has done a commendable job to bring research and technology to the farm gate.
- In the coming future ICAR should focus on research for the fisheries sector.
- It can develop a mechanism that helps fish farmers to know about the condition of fishing in particular ocean blocks.
- To develop a digital platform for the animal husbandry and fisheries sector on the model of 'Kisan Saarathi'.
About the digital platform Kisan Saarathi:
- It is a digital platform to facilitate farmers to get the right information at the right time in their desired language.
- Using this farmers can interact and avail personalised advisories on agriculture and allied areas directly from the respective scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
- The Krishi Vigyan Kendras in disseminating the newer and advanced technologies to distant farmers of the country.
About the ICAR conferred 16 Awards:
- Awards was distributed in 4 major categories including:
- National Award for outstanding contributions for Agricultural Institutes,
- National Award for outstanding contributions in Agricultural Researches,
- National Award for Application of Agricultural Technologies and
- National Award for Innovation and Technology Development by Farmers
- The dignitaries virtually felicitated about 60 Awardees in 16 different categories.
- The Awards included 4 ICAR Institutes, 1 All India Coordinated Research Project, 4 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, 39 Scientists and 11 Farmers.
- Apart from the Awards, the Hindi Rajbhasha Awards in the various categories were also conferred during the occasion.
About Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR):
- It was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
- It is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
- It is headquartered at New Delhi. With 102 ICAR institutes and 71 agricultural universities spread across the country this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.
- It is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.