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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates Agri Innovation and Incubation Center to boost remunerative agriculture and village prosperity
The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the fourth convocation ceremony of the Post Graduate Diploma in Agri Business Management of the Chaudhary Charan Singh National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (CCS-NIAM), Jaipur and the Agri Innovation and Incubation Center. Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Kailash Choudhary, was the special guest at the event. In his address, the minister emphasised the importance of the Agriculture sector and the need to attract more youth to it. He said that the Government is making continuous efforts through various schemes for the betterment of the Agriculture sector under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Technology To Solve Agriculture Sector Issues
Mr. Tomar announced that 60 seats would be added in NIAM and the provision of compulsory stay in the hostel would be abolished. He also stated that there are many challenges in the Agriculture sector, which the Central Government, with the cooperation of the States, is successfully moving ahead to solve using technology. Many challenges like moving towards remunerative crops, crop diversification, and elimination of middlemen in the sale of agri produce are being dealt with in a planned manner. Tomar expressed that the world has high expectations regarding food grains from India, which we are fulfilling and will continue to do so in the future. He further added that it is essential to improve the Agriculture sector as 56 percent of the country's population is dependent on it.
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The minister emphasised that it is the responsibility of the new generation to take advantage of the golden and historic opportunity to make India a developed nation by the time we celebrate the centenary of India’s Independence. He appreciated the Agri Startups and mentioned that the number of Agri Startups alone has increased to 2,000. Choudhary also addressed the gathering and stressed on the importance of the Agriculture sector.
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During the convocation, Tomar gave away diplomas to the students of Post Graduate Diploma-Agri Business Management and medals to the meritorious students. He also launched the products of Startups, trained and funded by NIAM, and distributed cheques for grants. An exhibition and product display of Startups trained and funded by NIAM were also organised.
Awards To Startup Training and Funding Institutes
On the occasion, awards were distributed to NIAM's partner institutions based on their performance in Startup training and funding, including Platinum Award to Karan Narendra Agricultural University, Jobner, Diamond Award to National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack (Odisha) and Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour was honoured with the Gold Award. Tomar also launched the website of the Agri Innovation and Incubation Center, besides inaugurating the Farmer Producer Organization Business School and Smart Class Room, and was provided with the status report of the Indo-German project. Nine publications of NIAM were also released during the ceremony.
The convocation ceremony was a significant event in the field of Agriculture, highlighting the importance of the sector and the Government's continuous efforts to improve it. The role of the youth and Startups in contributing to the Agriculture sector was also emphasized, along with the need for the Agriculture sector's growth to make India a developed nation. The awards distributed to NIAM's partner institutions and the launch of new initiatives and publications showcased the institute's commitment to the Agriculture sector's progress.
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