DELHI, India—Modern agricultural technology and modernization could help double the
current incomes of farmers within six years according to India’s prime minister.
Shri Narendra Modi, prime minister, Government of India, made the statement
during the inauguration of Krishi Unnati
Mela agriculture fair and exhibition.
“The next revolution in Indian
agriculture has to be built on technology and modernization,” Modi emphasized. He also gave a clarion call for a second green revolution in the eastern
states through the adoption of modern technologies.
During the mega event, over
one million farmers from various Indian states visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) exhibit.
The exhibit showcased various technologies developed and promoted by the institute for Indian farmers
through the Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia and the Cereal Systems
Initiative for South Asia projects. These include stress-tolerant rice
varieties (STRVs), Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems, seed production and
post-harvest techniques publications, a manual rice transplanter, the Community
Mat Nursery, and the performance charts of STRVs. IRRI representatives, Mr. Mayank Sharma, Mr. Sarovar Yadav, and
Mr. Amit Mishra gave demonstrations and explanations on the various
technologies promoted by IRRI.
Farmers who are already
cultivating STRVs shared their experiences and suggestions, particularly those from
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Farmers from the two states were very satisfied with the
performance of the drought-tolerant Sahbhagi Dhan as their areas experienced
severe drought last year. The farmers also showed interest in other recently released
varieties such as BINA Dhan 11, DRR42, DRR44, Sambha-Sub1, among others.
Other visitors at the IRRI display
were Union Ministers Shri Radha Mohan Singh and Shri Nitin Gatkari, chief
minister of Chhattisgarh. Other officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, agriculture scientists, and extension agencies
personnel also stopped by the institute’s booth.
Unnati Mela was organized jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and
Farmers Welfare, and the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI). It was held
in Pusa on 19-21 March.