XXI Biennial National Symposium on “Doubling Farmers’

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The Indian Society of organized XXI Biennial National Symposium on “Doubling Farmers’ Income through Agronomic Interventions under Changing Scenario" from 24–26 October, 2018 at Udaipur, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and MaharanaPratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan. with the primary motive of taking stock of 'Technology Capital' available to address the issues of increasing the farmer’s income. In the past strategies for development of the agriculture sector in India has not explicitly recognize the need to raise farmers’ income and has not mention any direct measure to promote farmers’ welfare. The experience shows that in some cases, growth in output brings similar increase in farmers’ income but in many cases farmers’ income did not grow much with increase in output. The net result has been that farmers’ income remained low, which is evident from the incidence of poverty among farm households. The NSSO data indicate that around 23 per cent of the farmers still live below the poverty line and the proportion of farm households suffering from poverty was quite high in some states. Farmers' income also remained low in relation to income of those working in the non¬farm sector. The low and highly fluctuating farm income is causing detrimental effect on the interest in farming and farm investments, and is also forcing more and more cultivators, particularly younger age group, to leave farming. This can cause serious adverse effect on the future of agriculture in the country. It is apparent that income earned by the farmer from agriculture is crucial to address agrarian distress and promote farmers welfare.
This National Symposium held, provided platform for interaction among the scientists, administrators, industrialists, policy makers, research scholars and farmers to deliberate the issues such as reduction in cost of cultivation, improvement in productivity, increase in cropping intensity, agricultural diversification including high value crops and improved price realisation by farmers, which have relevance to increasing the farmer’s income. These issues will be discussed in depth to develop concrete recommendations for solving the emerging challenges of Indian Agriculture and thus to contribute in achieving the National goaltodoublefarmers'incomeby2022.
Besides, the Agricultural Universities, ICAR National Institutes, KrishiVigyan Kendra will showcase their innovative agro-technologies having potential to enhance farmers’ income substantially along with participation of Private companies, Nationalised Banks to promote the National Goal through an Exhibition.
The symposium was inaugurated by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Hon’ble Member NITI Aayog, Govt. of Indiain the presence of Prof. U.S. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, MPUAT, Udaipur as Chairperson and Dr N.S. Rathore, DDG (Education), ICAR, New Delhi as Guest of Honour. Internationally and nationally reputed scientists Dr T.C. Jain, Ex-Senior Agriculturist, World Bank; DrA.S.Faroda, Former Chairman, ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi;DrArvindKumar,VC, RLB CAU, Jhansi; Dr V. Praveen Rao, VC, P.J. Telangana State Agriculture University, Hyderabad; Dr P.S. Rathore, VC, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan; Dr G.L. Keshwa, VC, Agricultural University, Kota;Prof. Arun K. Pujari, VC, Central University, Ajmer; Dr V.M. Bhale, VC, Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth Krishi Nagar, Akola; DrS.Pasupalak, VC, OUAT, Bhubaneswa; Dr A.K. Singh, VC, BAU, Sabour; Dr A.K. Dahama, Former VC, SKRAU, Bikaner; Dr D.P. Singh, Former VC, JNKVV, Jabalpur;Dr S.L. Mehta, Former VC, MPUAT, Udaipur and Dr A.K. Singh, DDG (AE) ICAR and Director (A), IARI, New Delhi will grace the occasion as keynote speakers and Chairpersons of various technical sessions. About 400 delegates from different parts of the country and a few from abroad will make their presentation on the theme of the symposium as keynote speakers, lead speakers, rapid fire speakers and through poster presentation. Feedback from the progressive farmers drawn from the four states will serve as a source of researchable issues to the delegates.
Dr A.K. Vyas, President, Indian Society of Agronomy, informed in a press meet just a day before in a press meet that Dr P.S. Lamba Memorial Lecture will be by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member NITI Aayog, Govt. of India on “India's Agricultural Challenges: Opportunities and Development Policies”, special lecture by Dr T.C. Jain, Ex-Senior Agriculturist, World Bank on “Outlining the Role of Agronomists in Doubling Farmers’ Income in Changing Scenario” and evening lecture by Prof. Janat Shah, Director, IIM, Udaipur, Rajasthan on “Management Perspective of Doubling Farmers Income” on 24th October, 2018. These thought provoking presentations by the renowned scientists and policy makers will be a source of inspiration to the delegates to address the issue of doubling the farmer’s income.
Proff USSharma VC of university host informed the various interventions executed in southern Rajasthan and told about the themes of technical session held during the symposium The Symposium had 9 concurrent technical session covering sub-themes of the symposium viz. Efficient Management of Low-or no-cost Inputs and Bio-resource Utilization; Efficient Rain and Irrigation Water Management; Diversification for Sustainable Resource Use and Farm Income; IFS and ICM for Different Agro-ecosystems; Conservation Agriculture and Climate Resilient Agronomy; Organic, Precision and Contractual Farming; Farm Mechanization, Post-harvest Management, Processing, Value Addition and Marketing; Agronomy Education, Training, Technology and Enabling Policies to Support Income Generating Activities and Rapid Fire Presentations. Beside this, a General Session before the Valedictory Function focused on topical issues of agronomists’ viz. Job Opportunities for Agronomists, Developing Winning Research Proposals, Industry Expectation from Research Institutions, Enhancing Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Psycho-social Issues in Farmer’s Entrepreneurship. Deliberations in the General Session will enrich the knowledge of delegates to improve their research output.
All these issues related to doubling farmer’s income deliberated in details over 3 days presentations of the Symposium and practical and viable recommendations will be evolved, which will be shared with the delegates in the valedictory function of the symposium and the policymakers, administrators, researchers, teachers, students and other stakeholders after the symposium for implementation. Proff informed
The deliberations during the Symposium on various aspects influencing the sustainable farm productivity and profitability will bring out pragmatic solutions for the problems faced by the farmers to generate new ideas for inventing and discovering innovative agro-techniques suitable under changing scenario for achieving income security of the farmers. The Policy makers would get novel thoughts to provide appropriate Policy support to farm and farm family to ensure better storage, market, fair prices, processing and value addition. Industrialists would get insight about future agro-products to be developed which would provide cost effective and eco-friendly options to the farmers.
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