Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for increasing farm productivity and also bringing prosperity to farmers.
“We have to think about how our farmers can feed India and the world and how agriculture enriches the pockets of farmers too,” Modi said at the foundation day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
He also said farmers should be given a standing ovation.
“You gave me a standing ovation but I request you to give a standing ovation to the farmers who feed the people of India,” he said.
The prime minister also called for “a revolution” in the fisheries sector.
“We talk of Green Revolution and White Revolution but we need to look at Blue Revolution, in fisheries. There is great scope for development there,” he said.
He asked ICAR to “think about how to reach farmers”.
“Except increasing productivity per hectare we have no choice. We also have to quicken the pace and ensure there is no erosion in quality…We need to ensure scientific management of water cycle keeping in mind the (changing) weather cycle…Lab to land – how to get what is done in the lab to the land, to the farmer. This is important,” he said.
He also said agriculture colleges should have their own radio stations. “Students can get work to research and talk. Through this farmers can gain a lot,” he said.