ICAR sets target for achieving goal of doubling farmer’s income

THE HANS INDIA |   Jul 23,2017 , 10:06 PM IST

ICAR sets target for achieving  goal of doubling farmer’s income
ICAR sets target for achieving goal of doubling farmer’s income

Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has set targets, both for short and long term for complementing the efforts of the government by providing technology back up for achieving the goal of doubling farmer’s income.

All these targeted activities are likely to increase the production and productivity of agricultural crops and other enterprises, add value to the produce, reduce cost of production and increase profit margins for the farmers. Giving this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare,

Sudarshan Bhagat, said targets for next 2 years include, evaluation of 20000 germplasm  and breeding lines and conservation of 4000 Germplasm for  long term storage, conservation of 200 microbial genetic resources, to identify 30 genotypes and register  for unique traits, clone and characterize 10 genes,

 testing 2000 entries in AICRP (All India Coordinated Research Projects) multi-location trials, identification of 40 varieties including pulses and oilseeds by AICRP varietal identification committees, production of 56000 quintal breeder seed, developing and testing 25 new technologies, conducting 10000 front line demonstrations and organizing 220 farmers’ trainings.

In horticulture targets for next 2 years include, collection of 400 germplasms and  characterization of 500 germplasms, development of 100 pre-breeding lines, Identification of 60 promising/elite breeding lines, release of 30 varieties/hybrids, standardization of 50 production technologies, organization of 155 frontline demonstrations, developing 167 modules for capacity building of farmers and other stakeholders,

production of 2261 kg breeders/truthfully levelled  seed, production of 2250 tonne breeders  seed of tuber crops and production of 12.5 lakh quality planting materials  and 5 lakh rooted cuttings. The Minister further stated that targets have also been set for soil inventory and characterization (1:10,000 scale),

designing and developing of organic farming package of practices, designing, developing and demonstration of climate resilient technologies, designing and developing technologies for managing soil health and designing, developing and testing of 3 technologies for Irrigation water Management.  Separate targets have been set for animal sciences, fisheries sciences, agricultural engineering, agricultural education and agricultural extension also.