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Modi launches 35 crop varieties with special traits to tackle climate change impact on agriculture

The ICAR, in an earnest attempt to create mass awareness for the adoption of climate-resilient technologies, has developed these varieties

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 September launched 35 varieties with special traits. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), in an earnest attempt to create mass awareness for the adoption of climate-resilient technologies, has developed these varieties.

Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation the newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance at Raipur through a video conference. On this occasion, the Prime Minister also distributed the Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities and interacted with farmers who use innovative methods. 

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 35 such varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in 2021. These include a drought-tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeon pea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease-resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean (aka broad bean, scientific name: Vicia faba).

Prime Minister Modi said in the last seven odd years, science and technology have been used on priority to meet the challenges related to agriculture. ”Our focus is very high on more nutritious seeds, adapted to new conditions, especially in changing climates,” he said.

Modi recalled the massive attack in various states last year, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. India had tackled this attack by making a lot of efforts, saving farmers from incurring too much damage, he said.

Modi emphasised that whenever farmers and agriculture get a safety net, their growth becomes rapid, saying that 11 crores Soil Health Cards were issued for the protection of the land.

He listed the farmer-friendly initiatives of the government such as campaigns to complete about 100 pending irrigation projects for providing water security to the farmers, providing new varieties of seeds to farmers to protect crops from diseases thus getting a higher yield. 

Modi said that along with increasing the MSP (minimum support price), the procurement process was improved so that more and more farmers can get the benefit.

Connecting farmers with technology, the government has made it easier for them to get help from banks. Today farmers are getting weather information in a better way. Recently, more than 2 crore farmers have been given Kisan Cards, he mentioned. 

He said that efforts are being made to take the farmer out of the -based income system and encourage them for value-addition and other farming options.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar highlighted the various initiatives taken by the Centre for the farmers. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal BimaYojna brings farmers under the protective cover and the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi which makes the farmers financially empowered.

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