Accessibilty of farming technology to farmers essential: Rai

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Ranchi, Nov 30 (UNI) Director General of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research Mangla Rai today said accessibility of farming technology to the farmers and its implementation was necessary for development of the agriculture sector.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Rai said research for development of the agricultural sector was ongoing at various stations but was limited to those centres only.

Speaking about the efforts in this direction, Mr Rai said so far, 558 Krishi Vigyan Kendras had been established in various circle areas across the country.

Mr Rai said plans were also on to connect all those centres with agricultural research centres so that latest developments in the sector were available to farmers.

''The farmers will be equipped with knowledge which would be disbursed among the agriculturists through those centres,'' he informed.

Speaking about the importance of integrated farming, Mr Rai said the farming module, comprising farming, fishery, animal husbandry and other sections, should be implemented as these were alternative sources of income for the farmers.

Mr Rai said the concept of ''farming for livelihood'' should be taken out from the minds of farmers for making the sector profitable.

Dr Pranob Sen, Chief Statstician of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, said talks of agricultural development were on since 1996 and for the 11th Five Year Plan, the target of achieving four per cent had been set.

Earlier, Birsa Agriculture University (BAU) Vice-Chancellor N N Singh outlined the achievements of the university during the past two years.

Mr Rai and Mr Sen were here to participate in three-day 61st annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics organised at BAU here.

UNI

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