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NDRI to Host 2015 Agricultural Science Congress in Karnal

10 June 2014

INDIA - National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) will be hosting 12th Agricultural Science Congress at its campus from February 3 to 6, 2015 in Karnal, Haryana state.

The event will be organized by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) with a theme “Sustainable Livelihood Security for Small Holder Farmers”.

“The future of agriculture is in the hands of small farmers who constitute the majority of vast farming community. We have already demonstrated our technological strength in practising profitable agriculture, attuned to social and environmental milieu," Dr S. Ayyappan, President of NAAS, said at the NAAS Foundation Day Celebration recently.

Ayyappan said 2014 is the year of family farming (YFF) based on the significant contributions made by family farmers, but it is experiencing new challenges due to globalization and trade liberalization.

“Indian economy has now reached a stage where labour has started moving out of agriculture in a big way and workforce in agriculture has stated falling in absolute terms. Though this is considered positive change from economic transformation point of view, it has implications for agriculture” Ayyappan stressed.

The need is to make agriculture more exciting and rewarding for family farms so that self-employed workers in agriculture are not pushed to move out to non agriculture under distress. The approach hence of Family Farms is ‘Farm, Feed & Flourish," Ayyapan adds.

NAAS comprising agriculture scientists from across the country as its members and it has been organizing Agricultural Science Congress for the last 11 years. It also regularly organizes sessions on important issues and dialogues on research, innovation, development and policy issue.

It also communicates their outcomes to the concerned stake-holders towards promoting ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant and socially equitable agriculture.

The academy will celebrate its silver jubilee in 2015.

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