Need to take research to the doorsteps of farmers: Agriculture Minister to ICRISAT

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Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has exhorted ICRISAT, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics, to work for taking technology to the doorstep of farmers.

"Taking technologies that are ready to the doorstep of every smallholder farmer in the country is a priority for the Union Government. With support from ICRISAT and other agricultural institutions, we will reach out to more farmers in rural India," he said on his visit to the institute earlier this week.

The Minister added, "We must improve the health of soil to the benefit of smallholder farmers. I urge ICRISAT to upscale plans to extend soil health cards to every farmer in the country."

Recognizing the importance of pulses in enhancing food security and incomes of smallholder farmers, the minister discussed with ICRISAT, the Union Government's priority of upscaling cultivation of pulses and making it more competitive and attractive to farmers. He pledged additional support to the efforts of ICRISAT to enable a Pulses Revolution in India.

Story first published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 23:00 [IST]
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