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ICAR To Launch Farmers’ Innovation Fund In Fiscal 2020-21

Bengaluru: The Indian Council of Agricultural Analysis (ICAR) will begin a Farmers’ Innovation Fund (FIF), stated Director Common Trilochan Mohapatra on the first-ever Farmers’ Science Congress, part of the continued 107th Indian Science Congres.

“We will start in a small way to see how successful it is and then move in a big way. We will see how farmers are showing interest,” stated Mohapatra on Monday.

Although no quantum of cash has been allotted to the fund but, he stated ICAR will begin working the FIF in fiscal 2020-21.

Mohapatra stated the fund’s nitty-gritties are presently being labored out, and ICAR could even begin it with as little as Rs 1 crore for a starting.

“We also have a proposal to include the fund in the Union Budget. Even if it doesn’t feature in the Budget, we will create it in our own ICAR budget,” stated Mohapatra who can be the Secretary of the Division of Agricultural Analysis and Training (DARE).

After the farmers’ congress, he stated farmers are conserving the biodiversity and native germ plasma.

“If we can give some support to their innovations by way of financial support, innovation validation and market linkage, farmers will be encouraged to continue that,” Mohapatra stated.

He stated revolutionary farmers would be the candidates of the fund.

ICAR falls underneath the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Individually, College of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) vice-chancellor and the science congress organising committee chairman Rajendra Prasad stated that each one the tangible suggestions from the congress can be introduced on Tuesday on the valedictory operate.

“All the tangible recommendations from the 14 sectors of the science congress, women’s science congress, children’s science congress, farmer’s science and science communicators will be presented in the valedictory function,” stated Prasad.

The 107th version of the Indian Science Congress scheduled from January 3-7 is presently underway on the College of Agricultural Sciences right here.

(IANS)

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