The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) will be organizing the 12th Agricultural Science Congress at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal in February 3 to Feb 6 next year.
The theme of the 2015 Agriculture Science Congress has been chosen as “Sustainable Livelihood Security for Small Holder Farmers”.
It was informed by S. Ayyappan, President of NAAS while addressing NAAS Foundation Day Celebration, in New Delhi on Thursday.
Ayyappan said, “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.”
Ayyappan focussed on the family farms and said, “The year 2014 is Year of Family Farming’ (IYFF) based on the significant contributions made by family farmers.
Ayyappan emphasised that “although family farming has contributed immensely towards enhancing agricultural production and reducing rural poverty, it is experiencing new challenges due to globalization and trade liberalization.”
He said, “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. The family farming demands that besides economics, continuous up gradation of knowledge levels, entrepreneurship and benefits to environment should be duly considered. 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.”
NAAS, the think tank of Indian Agriculture, has been organizing Agricultural Science Congress, brainstorming sessions on important issues, consultations, lectures and dialogues on research, innovation, development and policy issue.
NAAS is also communicating their outcomes to the concerned stake-holders towards promoting ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant and socially equitable agriculture. Academy is going to celebrate Silver Jubilee in 2015.