Economics India

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Renewed Emphasis on Agricultural Research

India's Research in Agriculture is practically stalled. The second Green Revolution sought by the Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh and Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar is unlikely to take roots without new directions to and investments in agricultural research including the appropriate use of biotechnology. At the inauguration of the 93rd Science Congress in Hyderabad (India), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recognized this need and asked the community of scientists to provide a greater thrust on research to step up farm productivity and value addition. According to him, there are three challenges that Science and Technology must address to promote rural development: (a) augmenting agricultural productivity, (b) affordable technologies for energy and water and (c) efficient farm and non-farm technologies. This blog will get back to this topic soon looking at what various public sector research institutions are working on and what role the private sector reserch institutes are playing in this effort.


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