Highlights:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that climate change is a big challenge for agriculture and the entire ecosystem
  • He introduced 35 crop varieties that are climate resilient with high nutrition content
  • He continued that climate change impacts fish production and animal health and output

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that climate change is a big challenge for agriculture and the entire ecosystem. He emphasized the necessity to strengthen efforts to combat climate change as he introduced 35 crop varieties that are climate resilient with high nutrition content.

In a virtual ceremony, Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. He further rewarded the ‘Green Campus Award’ to agricultural universities and interacted with farmers who utilize innovative methods, prior to addressing the event.

Prime Minister underscored, “Not only agriculture, but climate change is also a big challenge to the entire ecosystem.” He explained, “Due to climate change, new types of pests, new diseases, epidemics are coming. Due to this, there is a big threat to the health of humans and livestock and crops are also being affected.”

He continued that climate change impacts fish production and animal health and output. Therefore, farmers and fishermen have to bear the losses. He added that intensive research on these aspects is necessary continuously. He remarked, “When science, government, and society work together, the result will be better.”

Moreover, the Prime Minister exchanged views with the farmers belonging from different states. He interacted with Zaitan Begum from Ganderabal district, Jammu and Kashmir; Darshana Pedenkar from Bardez, Goa; Suresh Rana from Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand and Thoiba Singh from Thouba, Manipur.

As per reports, the farmers acknowledged how they benefited from various government schemes such as PM-KISAN. They further expressed how they adopted new farm and processing techniques even in different terrains of Uttarakhand.

Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Union Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Chaudhary and Shobha Karandlaje, and former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh also took part in the event.

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