OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL SCIENTIFIC ADVISER TO GOI
MEETING DEMAND SIDE OF AGRI TECHNOLOGIES FOR FARMERS THROUGH S&T
CALL FOR AGRI TECHNOLOGIES
With the relaxation of lockdown, India is facing a unique challenge of migration of large number of workers from unorganised sectors in urban, peri-urban regions to villages and rural areas. This will require to rapidly engage the migrants moving to primary agricultural and rural livelihood settings by supporting them with effective technological and innovative solutions to increase their efficiencies and yield. This will also require youth migrants who could be supported by making them change agents or trained personnel for deployment of technical know-how etc. in the villages.
To meet the load on agriculture and to ensure sustainable farm and allied products including best rural practices, both agro-scientific research output and agri-technologies deployment will be essential at this juncture as an effective response through a COVID- 19 Agriculture track being launched by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI.
The objective of the call is to support the migrants and other agriculturists by providing access to scientific knowledge and innovative technologies as well as required capacity building by involving scientists and technologists from national laboratories and academic institutions along with their incubated startups from the supply side. Efforts will be made to bridge the supply side with the demand side by proactively involving enablers like industry, accelerators, foundations and public agencies to support technologies and solutions through evaluation for low cost, high quality, bankable and scalable projects in agriculture and allied areas.The range of scientific and technological products would include amongst others light equipment, scientific solutions and heavy duty technologies.
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