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Patna: Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh while addressing the Steering Committee meeting of Second Green Revolution (SGR) at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna, said on Monday there is need to rehabilitate the waterlogged areas in the region, which accounts for 41 lakh hectare, through integrated farming system approach.

Radha Mohan said that the responsibility for reviewing and implementation of agricultural activities for bringing  second green revolution in the Eastern region has been assigned to ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna. The coordination and convergence between different agricultural activities being implemented in different Eastern states by Government of India, will expedite the overall agricultural development in the region. He asked the members to take action to speed up the agriculture development programme in the region so that the dream of the Prime Minister “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” could be achieved. The Eastern states are contributing 50, 45 and 38 % in the production of rice, vegetables and fish, respectively at the national level. The Eastern region has the potential to achieve significant production of milk, meat, pulses and oilseeds through overall development of the agriculture, he said.

He also urged the Scientists to mitigate the bad effect of climate change because in near future the change of climate will adversely affect the agricultural production as a whole. In this situation, there is need to develop and popularize climate smart technologies like short duration crops, application of conservation agriculture (zero tillage wheat, rice,  protective cultivation under polyhouse, laser levelling, vermi and bio-compost, water management).

For bringing Second Green Revolution in the region, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department has constituted three levels of committees starting from State Coordination Committee(s), Technical Coordination Committee and Steering Committee to discuss the policy, investment, convergence and related issues for implementation of Second Green Revolution programme. Senior level officers of Eastern states, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR,  JS Sandhu, Directors of various ICAR Institutes, VCs of State Agricultural Universities attended the meeting.

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