The 59th Foundation Day celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur were organized online today. The Chief Guest, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said on the occasion that if Madhya Pradesh has emerged as one of the leading states in the field of agriculture today, then the role of Agricultural Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Indian Council of Agricultural Research is on its strong
Shri Tomar said that Jabalpur Agricultural University is known as an institute of excellence across the country and it is a matter of pride for the people of the state working in the agriculture sector. Ever since this university was established in the year 1964, it has contributed immensely in advancing and upgrading the agriculture sector in the state. Madhya Pradesh has repeatedly received the prestigious Krishi Karman Award in the field of agriculture, for which the state deserves praise. Congratulating all the people associated with the University on the foundation day of the University, Shri Tomar said that the inauguration of the Girls Hostel on this occasion is a new milestone in its glorious history.
Stating the relevance of Indian agriculture, Shri Tomar said that even during the COVID crisis when all other sectors across the world had come to a standstill, all agricultural activities including sowing and harvesting were done in our fields and with bumper yields, Govt. Established more procurement centers and increased transportation, all this strictly adhering to the two yards distance norm of the COVID protocol. Later, with the sowing of the next summer’s crops, record production was achieved. The GDP rate of the agriculture sector was very positive even in adverse circumstances, for which our farmers and agricultural scientists deserve congratulations. Shri Tomar said that the use of mechanization in agriculture should increase and more and more farmers should join the 10,000 FPOs being set up, on which the Central Government is spending Rs.6,865 crore. Small farmers can take advantage of mechanization, use of technology, turn to profitable crops and use government facilities including processing, then they will definitely get better returns for their produce.
Shri Tomar said that in the era of climate change, our challenge has increased even more. Despite the availability of adequate resources, farmers have to depend on nature. In this regard, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has provided a shield to the farmers in the form of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. 1.22 lakh crore has been settled against crop loss caused to farmers during the last 6 years with claims of Rs. Keeping in view the changing climate, research should be done in this direction that what methods farmers should adopt, which processes and crops are tolerant to climate and also maintain our production and productivity. He said that education has an important role in the agriculture sector. An attempt has been made to integrate agricultural education in the new National Education Policy.
Agriculture Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Kamal Patel and Assistant Director General (Seeds), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. D.K. Yadav was the special guest of the program. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Bisen, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University presided over the program.