Jul. 18, 2019
The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the 91st Foundation Day ceremony of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Pusa, New Delhi. Thousands of farmers from different states across the country gathered in the IACR campus on 16th July 2019 to celebrate the Award Ceremony and Innovative farmer’s Conclave which ultimately flourished into a Farmer’s Festival.
“Being agriculture-centric, the farmers are the assets of our country. The farmers play a pivotal role in society as they are the real lifelines of the country. Now it’s time to implement smart agriculture with smart farming and smart farmer”, said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar while addressing the event as the chief guest. He stressed that while everybody is talking about smart city and smart project, hardly anyone talks about smart farming and smart farmer.
Shri Tomar urged to contribute to realize the Honorable Prime Minister’s aim and vision of doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022. He highlighted the various schemes of the government which aimed to benefit the agricultural and farming community. “There should be a collective approach to develop techniques to overcome various problems faced by the agricultural community more effectively and efficiently,” he added.
The Minister emphasized that more and more youths of our country should be encouraged to take up agriculture as their profession.
He released the “Kisan App” and various publications on the occasion.
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Shri B.D. Sharma, Member of Parliament also graced the occasion.
Rupala stressed on Assam and Bihar flood situation and asked the public to fight with this tragedy in a collaborative way.
The ICAR Awards were conferred to 167 awardees across the country under 22 different categories.