Agri Nation Network
New Delhi | 04 Dec 2017
To give boost to agri education in the country, Centre has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14. This was stated by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar on the occasion of National Agricultural Education Day (December 3, 2017).
He said, “It is our main objective to attract youth including school children towards agricultural education”.
“To maximize the use of advanced technologies, it is important to provide adequate strengthening of agricultural education”, he added.
Centre had decided two years ago to celebrate National Agricultural Education Day on December 3 because it is the birthday of our first Union Agriculture Minister and Former President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad.
In last two years, Centre has opened six new agri colleges in north east India that are affiliated to Central Agricultural University, Imphal. These include two colleges of Agriculture in Arunachal and Meghalaya State, two colleges of Horticulture in Mizoram and Sikkim, a College of Veterinary Science in Nagaland and a College of Food Technology in Imphal, Manipur.
The Agriculture Minister also informed that the Central Government has also set up two separate Indian Agricultural Research Institute, IARI-Jharkhand and IARI-Assam in Jharkhand and Assam respectively and the work of four new colleges under the Rani Lakshmibai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi will be completed soon.