New Delhi, Feb 28 : Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday said the efforts of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in agriculture technology development have helped in enhancing the country's agricultural production.
He said ICAR has achieved many notable successes during last 10 decades despite the challenges. 'This has helped the country in increasing productivity through new research and development of new production technologies and varieties,' the Minister said.
Speaking on the occasion of 90th Annual General Meeting(AGM) of ICAR, he said keeping in mind Prime Minister's vision of "doubling farmers’ income by 2022", ICAR has taken several steps in this direction.
During 2010-2014, 448 varieties were released for cultivation whereas in the last four and a half years, a total of 1014 advanced varieties have been developed for cultivation.
Along with this, the registration of 24 new breeds of livestock and poultry was approved taking the total registered indigenous breeds in the country to 184.
Radha Mohan Singh said problems related to climate change have been adequately addressed and 45 Integrated Farming System (IFS) models have been developed including all the 15 agro-climatic regions to benefit small and marginal farmers.
The ICAR has supplemented the Government’s "Soil Health Card" initiative and has developed a mini Lab "Mridaparikshak" for soil testing. To promote organic farming and to bring it in the mainstream, 42 organic farming models have been developed. UNI