Center for the Promotion of New Technologies in Agricultural Research Tomar

The central government in 2020-21 and 2021-22 has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 1756.3 and Rs 2422.7 crore to the states for the introduction of new technologies including drones, artificial intelligence, remote sensing in agriculture, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written response to Lok Sabha.

Tomar said the government has also allocated Rs 7,302.50 and Rs 7,908.18 crore in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to undertake research and development for the development of new technologies, their demonstration in the farmer’s field and capacity building. farmers for the adoption of new technologies.

During 2021-22, ICAR developed and released 309 field crop varieties and hybrids, including 35 special trait varieties and 94 horticultural crop varieties for cultivation by ICAR.

“The government is also giving adequate attention to reducing transaction costs, promoting OPAs to improve their bargaining power. Infrastructure development has also been given due attention to ensure better connectivity of farmers to the national market and international,” Tomar said in response.

ICAR pays particular attention to moving research from a commodity-based approach to a farming systems-based approach. ICAR has established multidisciplinary research complexes in different parts of the country to address this issue, he said.

A dedicated institute “ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research (IIFSR), Modipuram” is working to characterize, create, study and refine models of farming systems in all agro-climatic regions, according to the minister.

Lana T. Arthur