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: 
    • Lab-to-Land, 
    • 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'.

Related Facts

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.