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ICAR to invest Rs2,300 crore on farm sector in 2010-11

Chennai: Looking to boost farm sector growth by more than 4%, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has chalked out a Rs2,300 crore programme with a focus on research and making farming a popular livelihood option, reports PTI.

"Now every state is coming up well in the agricultural sector, with many touching close to about 2.8%.

However, our annual target agricultural growth rate is about 4%, and we will be spending Rs2,300 crore on in 2010-11," ICAR director general Dr S Ayyappan told PTI.

The initiatives under the programme include gearing up to meet new challenges in climate change, public-private partnership (PPP) projects and programmes to make more people take to agriculture as a livelihood.

"We are working deeply in all aspects in the country on climate change," he said.

The public-private partnership initiative will benefit both sectors, besides the farmers.

"More emphasis on innovation and interaction between the two sectors may result in more synergy among them," he said.

To lure more people to take up agriculture as livelihood, various initiatives like farmers' training and capacity building for more innovative agricultural practices have been chalked out. "We are also trying to bring them to higher stage by identifying innovators in each district and giving them awards at the national level," he said.

Besides, ICAR also conducts awareness campaigns among students on the agricultural sectors that have good prospects to encourage them to take up studies related to agriculture," Mr Ayyappan said.

Mr Ayyappan, who was here to attend a function organised by Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, said every project or product initiated by ICAR has been formulated after consultation with state governments and keeping the region specific needs in mind.

"We are also customising region-specific products," he said.

ICAR officials said the latest e-linkage facility is expected to help Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) develop fruitful partnerships between subject matter specialists of KVKs and researchers and farmers to share and upscale appropriate technologies, best practices and innovative ideas or experiences among stakeholders.

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