Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for the adoption of organic and natural farming in a cluster-based approach. He said, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a geo-referenced Organic Carbon Map of India and identified 88 biocontrol agents and 22 Biopesticides which can promote organic agriculture.
Mr Modi reviewed the progress of agriculture research, extension, and education in India through video conference yesterday. Prime Minister directed that start-ups and agri-entrepreneurs need to be promoted to ensure innovation and use of technology in Agriculture and allied sectors. He highlighted the need to leverage information technology to provide information on demand to the farmers.
Mr. Modi directed that Hackathons may be organized twice a year to solve identified problems and meet design needs for tools and equipment that can reduce drudgery if the farming activity, given that a large number of farmworkers are women. He exhorted the need to create awareness regarding the inclusion of millets like Jowar, bajra, Craig, and several other minor millets in the diet to ensure a healthy diet.
Mr. Modi said ease of access to farm equipment and transport facility from field to markets shall be ensured. In this regard, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperatives, and Farmers Welfare have launched an app – Kisanrath. In order to enhance water use efficiency, the Prime Minister desired that awareness and outreach programs be conducted.
Mr Modi said that study of grasses and local fodder crops should be undertaken to understand their nutritive value. He highlighted the need to study the use of seaweeds for their impact on soil health apart from exploring commercial applications in nutraceuticals. (AIR NEWS)