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India's PM Modi Releases ICAR 'Vision 2050'

July 29, 2015

The Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi released the ICAR Vision 2050 document during the 87th Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Patna, Bihar on July 25, 2015.

ICAR Vision 2050 presents a roadmap for food, nutrition and livelihood security to tackle future challenges of India's agriculture sector. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Foundation Day, addressed 2,500 agricultural scientists and gave awards to 82 persons, including agricultural scientists, farmers and journalists writing about agriculture. The awards include the prestigious Norman Borlaug Award. Mr. Modi also inaugurated three new projects - Farmers First, Arya and Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (my village my pride) - to stress on the 'lab to land' concept of the Centre. He called on agricultural scientists from all over the country to speed up the 'lab to land' approach, intended to provide new technologies to farmers, which will lead to a quantum jump in agriculture productivity. The Prime Minister also appreciated agricultural scientists and farmers for their contributions and suggested identification of commodities having high potential of income from national and global markets. He reiterated the need for a second green revolution and urged agricultural scientists to blend their knowledge with potential of farmers to enhance farm productivity per hectare.

Union Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Radha Mohan Singh, presided over the function and highlighted the achievements of ICAR in his speech. He appreciated Prime Minister's move for approving various schemes of agricultural education and research for Bihar. He assured Prime Minister to realize his dream of second green revolution through a network of ICAR Institutions and KVKs located in Bihar. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Mr. Mohan Bhai Kundariya, Union Ministers of State for Agriculture were also present during the occasion.

For more details, read the news article at the ICAR website.