HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The crop varieties were dedicated order to create awareness for the adoption of technologies that are climate-resilient
  • · The PM has also awarded the state and central Agricultural Universities with the Green Campus Award
  • · The varieties of crops with special traits were developed by the ICAR

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits to the nation. An attempt was made by the Prime Minister to create awareness for the adoption of technologies that are climate resistant. PM Modi has launched the crop varieties in a pan-India program which was held at the all Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).

The campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance in Raipur, which has been developed recently, was dedicated to the nation by the PM, during the program. He has also distributed the Agricultural Universities with the Green Campus Award and indulged in an interactive session with the farmers exploiting innovative methods.

The event witnessed the presence of Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. The varieties of crops having special traits were developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). This new development marks the dual challenges arising from malnutrition and climate change.

In the year 2021, the concerned authorities have been successful in developing thirty five varieties of crops with special traits which have attributed them to be climate resistant, and a career of high nutrition content. The establishment of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management in Raipur comes ahead of a plan to conduct strategic research on biotic stress, provide policy support, as well as proceed with the development of human resources. PG courses have been started by the institute, from the academic session 2020-21.

The State and Central Agricultural Universities have been awarded the Green Campus awards, so that they can be motivated to indulge in practices for making their campus greener and cleaner and participate in the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and connect with the community, as per the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.

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