New Delhi, Dec 20 : Technologies developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had significantly contributed to an increase in production of food grains, horticultural crops, milk, fish and eggs, Union Minister Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Mohan Singh told a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry here on Thursday.
Speaking on “Agri-entrepreneurship and Start-ups for enhancing farmers’ income”, the Minister informed Consultative Committee Members of Parliament about the initiatives taken by the ICAR in doubling farmers’ income and in encouraging Start-ups.
"The ICAR has added these dimensions in its technologies which will provide employment opportunities to the youth along with income enhancement of the farmers," he said.
Several steps had been taken at different levels including providing training to the farmers at Krishi Vigyan Kendras on various subjects related to agriculture under the Entrepreneurship Development Programs (EDPs) and support with technical resources, he added.
To make agriculture attractive to rural educated youth, a new scheme, ``Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)’’ had been initiated.
The Student READY (Rural Entrepreneurship Awareness Development Yojana) programme to reorient agriculture and allied subjects’ graduates for ensuring employability and entrepreneurship, he pointed out.
The ICAR had set up a network of 25 Agri-business Incubation (ABI) Centers, keeping in view the spectrum of technologies, available infrastructure and the core competency of the institutes.
"The efforts of these centers are resulting in new start-ups which are coming up in the market place," he said.(UNI)