“Financial products for women, need for marginal farmers”

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The Deputy Managing Director (Agri. Edn) and National Director (NAHEP) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Rakesh Chandra Agarwal, stressed the need to provide financial products that can meet the needs of women and other farmers marginals.

Deliver the convocation speech at 35 e Convening the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Dharwad on Tuesday, Rakesh Chandra Agarwal said there was also a need to strengthen delivery models for market linkages.

Referring to technological innovations in the field of agricultural sciences, he said that the focus should be on making smallholder farming attractive and remunerative, especially for women farmers. “All of these developments must occur while ensuring a healthy environment and sustainable, revitalizing practices,” he said.

He said that to achieve the goals in the agricultural sector, agricultural education plays an important role.

Regarding the New National Education Policy 2020 (NEP-2020), he said that they are looking at a complete overhaul and reinvigoration of the higher education system and this will bring about transformation.

Highlighting that the effects of climate change and its implications were felt more by small and marginal farmers, he said that with increasing unpredictability of rainfall and depleting groundwater levels, small farmers were facing greater challenges in adapting to change.

He said more than 69% of the country was dry, arid and facing severe risk of drought and that 85% of rural women in India were engaged in labor-intensive agricultural processes such as sowing. , winnowing, harvesting et al, with limited access to appropriate technology, finance, skills and policy development.

Welcoming the initiatives taken by UAS-Dharwad in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship, start-ups and personality development, the industry-academia interface conclave under the NAHEP-IDP, he said the country’s agriculture dimensions include inclusive sustainable livelihoods, building on the expertise of local communities, with appropriate funding, capacity building and support for market linkages.

Honorary doctorates

Governor of Karnataka and Chancellor of UAS-Dharwad Thavarchand Gehlot awarded the honorary doctorates to Jagadish Hari Kulkarni and Yogendra Kaushik for their contribution to the field of agriculture. An honorary doctorate was awarded ‘in absentia’ to Adrushya Kadsiddheshwar Swamiji, Principal of Shri Sidhagiri Math, Kaneri, Kolhapur. The Governor also presented gold medals and diplomas. A total of 890 candidates were conferred with various degrees during the convocation.

Gold medals

UG Courses: Anand Kumar, B.Sc. (Hons), Lahari Shetty, B.Sc. (Hons), Ms. Meghana N., B.Sc. (Hons) Ag. Maco., Kavya M. Hiremath, B.Sc (Hons), Kavana DM, B.Sc.(Hons), Bindu K., B.Sc.(Hons) Forestry, College of Forestry, Sirsi, Shilpa S. Gowda., B.Sc.(Hons) Community Science , College of Community Science, Valcea Pearl D. Cunha, B.Tech., (Hons) Food Technology, College of Community Science.

PG course: Yamuna N., M.Sc.(Agri) in Agril. Economics (2), Apoorva DU, M.Sc.(Agri), in Agricultural Extension Education (2), Puja Mandal, M.Sc.(Agri), in Genetics and Plant Breeding (2), Safwana Jasmin T. , MBA (Agri Business Managament), Apurva Laxmi, M.Sc.(Agri) in Agricultural Entomology, Bheemashankar Biradar, M.Sc.(Agri) in Agril. Meteorology, Pooja Prakash, M.Sc. (Agri) in Agril. Microbiology, Vinushree R, M.Sc. (Agri) in Agril. Statistics, Suranjana Biswas, M.Sc.(Agri) in Agronomy Meghana V, M.Sc.(Agri), in Horticulture, Spoorti S. Gandhadmath, M.Sc.(Agri), in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Vandana Samanth, M.Sc.(Agri), in Plant Biochemistry, Abhisek Rath and Suhasini Sheelvant, M.Sc.(Agri) in Plant Pathology, Mahantesh B. Mudennavar and Kalyani MS, M.Sc.(Agri), in Seed Science and Technology , Dharanya K, M.Sc.(Agri), in Soil Science, P Yamini, MHSc. in Human Development and Family Studies and Siliveru Poojitha, MHSc. in textile and clothing design.

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