GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Agriculture
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1111
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23/03/2012
Agricultural Research and Development
1111. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:-
a) Whether it is a fact that country’s lack of progress in agricultural Research and Development has resulted in low agricultural productivity, thereby creating an imbalance in the demand and production of food items in the country;
b) If so, the details thereof and the reasons for this lack of progress in agricultural R&D; and
c) The steps Government proposes to take to improve agricultural productivity by investments in agricultural R&D?
THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR AGRICULTURE & FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
(DR. CHARAN DAS MAHANT)
(a) No, Sir.
(b) Does not arise.
(c) Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has taken several steps to improve agricultural productivity through proper prioritization of research and validating its results in farmers’ fields, and scaling up of models through the system of agriincubators. Specific research interventions pertain to location-specific crop varieties to suit climatic vagaries, packages of practices for enhanced input use efficiencies, control measures for pests and diseases including integrated pest management measures, intercropping and integrated farming system across different agro-ecological regions in the country.