The government announced the launch of two new programmes — Biotech-KISAN and Cattle Genomics. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said the intent of the programmes is to form a network to farmers directly with the scientists and experts. The Prime Minister has emphasised that it is important for scientists to work on the problems being faced by our farmers.Biotech-KISAN is a new programme that empowers farmers, especially women farmers. The second programme ‘Cattle Genomics’ will focus on livestock yield. Explaining Biotech-KISAN (Krishi Innovation Science Application Network), the Minister said the programme focuses on the small, least educated marginalised farmers and women farmers.
Women farmers will be offered fellowships for training must the scheme. This scheme will connect farmers with science in the 15 agro-climatic zones. In each of these 15 regions, a farmer organisation will be the hub connected to different science labs, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and State Agriculture Universities co-located in the region.
The hub will reach out to the farmers in the region and connect them to scientists and institutions. The minister added that the network will have a commuication cell to make radio and TV programmes.
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Harsh Vardhan is the incumbent minister at Ministry of Science and Technology (India) and Ministry of Earth Sciences.
He represents Chandni Chowk in Delhi as a Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha.