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87th Foundation Day and ICAR Award Ceremony.

Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called upon agricultural scientists and planners to design second green revolution with new vision, dimensions and objectives to address the agricultural challenges in this modern era.

He was addressing 87th Foundation Day and ICAR award ceremony as Chief Guest. Prime Minister appreciated agricultural scientists and farmers for their contributions and suggested identification of commodities having high potential of income from national and global markets. He reiterated that second green revolution will begin from the land of eastern India which has immense potential in terms of natural resources and willing farmers to take up experiments in fields.

Prime Minister appreciated the initiative of ICAR to celebrate its Foundation Day at Patna, Bihar from where organised agricultural research was initiated first time in the country through establishment of agricultural research institute way back in 1905. Emphasizing on the lab to land initiative, he urged agricultural scientists to make farmers their fellow travelers in development and refinement of farm technologies. Adoption of villages by teams of scientists can bring significant changes in the life of farmers by enhancing productivity, he said. He expressed satisfaction that ICAR has translated his vision of Lab to Land into new schemes which have been launched.

Prime Minister especially emphasized to extend technologies of honeybee keeping to large number of farmers for enhancing production of honey which commands global market and can be a very successful venture for enhancing income of farmers. He also suggested increasing area under organic farming and vermicomposting. Prime Minister called upon agricultural scientists to work upon saffron, green, white and blue revolutions which signify energy, agriculture, milk and fisheries respectively.