Employment opportunities galore in agri-warehousing, cold chains, dairy, poultry, agri- mechanization: Agriculture Minister

New Delhi: The advancement in the agriculture sector has generated many job opportunities for skilled youth in the fields of agri-warehousing in agriculture, cold chains, supply chains, dairy, poultry, meat, fisheries, horticulture, agricultural mechanization as well as micro-irrigation, said Mr Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Agriculture Minister. The youth are benefitting from these opportunities.

The minister said this while inaugurating National Workshop on Skill Development in Agriculture held in New Delhi today (05 January 2017).  Mr Singh further said that self-employment opportunities also have been enhanced in these fields which require skilled youth.  He added that such a unique scenario has never been observed before in respect of overall development in the various fields of agriculture.

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Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister stated this on the occasion of National Workshop on Skill Development in Agriculture and the theme is “Kausal Vikas se Krishi Vikas” here today. In this workshop, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the representatives of agriculture science centers, ICAR, Ministry of Agriculture as well as trained youth entrepreneurs have participated.

Mr Singh informed that the Ministry of Agriculture has made a budget provision of Rs.3.52 crore for 2016-17 for implementation of the work of skill development so that training programmes may be organized through 100 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and distinguished training institutes of the Ministry.

The government has taken initiatives where the youth of the country are required to be linked with agriculture in the form of enterprise. The Minister briefed that particular emphasis is being laid on enhancement of productivity, post harvest management, better return of farmers produce, decrease in agriculture related risks. Mr Singh further emphasized that a fourth stage is being created so as to enhance the income of the farmers through the resources like those of horticulture, livestock, fisheries, bee-keeping, etc.

The government is focusing on increase in milk production through White Revolution and fish production through Blue Revolution. Rashtriya Gokul Mission has been launched for the first time for the development and protection of bovine breeds so that bovine breed can be protected and developed. In ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’, Agriculture Specialists of Agricultural Universities and ICAR are making effective interventions towards scientific farming for villages.

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