Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated national workshop on 'Agricultural Development through Skills Development' at NASC Complex, New Delhi today. The workshop is organized by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare.
Shri Singh, in his address said due to latest development in agriculture, employment opportunities have been generated for skilled youth in the fields of agri-warehousing, supply chain, dairy, poultry, fisheries, horticulture, farm mechanization and micro-irrigation methods and the youth should avail the benefits of these opportunities. He further said self-employment and enterprise opportunities in agriculture and related sectors has also increased.
Minister said that various programs are being run by the government to impart skills in the agricultural sector. He said that Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is expediting the Prime Minister's ‘Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat' dream.
There is a need to develop agriculture as a private enterprise and youth should be linked with it, he added. He said, the Ministry is emphasizing on horticulture, animal husbandry, beekeeping etc. to increase agricultural productivity, post-harvest management, sales of agricultural products at reasonable prices, agricultural risk mitigation and to increase the income of farmers. He further emphasized that Ministry of Agriculture has made a budget provision of Rs 3.52 crore for the year 2016-2017 for the implementation of skill development programs. Skill development programs are implemented through 100 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and distinguished training institute of the ministry.
Shri Singh also solicited that skill development centres at state level should also work towards realizing the vision of ‘Skill India’.
Shri Raghavendra Singh, Additional Secretary (DAC&FW), Government of India informed that various programs are being implemented to promote skill development in agriculture. Under this 100 pilot projects and 216 training programs are being conducted in agriculture and allied areas.
Shri Sanjiv Asthana, Chairman, Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI), Gurugram and Dr O P Chaudhuri, Joint Secretary (NLM), DAHD&F, Government of India, New Delhi also participated in this workshop. Various farmers shared their success stories at the opening session.
Directors of ICAR research institutes, and various officials and representatives of KVK extension programs and senior officials of the relevant departments and institutions also participated in the program.
(Source: ICAR - DKMA, English Editorial Unit)