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Agricultural Research & Education

Dr. S. Ayyappan

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Harnessing science to ensure comprehensive and sustained physical, economic and ecological access to food and livelihood security to all Indians, through generation, assessment, refinement and adoption of appropriate technologies.


Sustainability and growth of Indian agriculture by interfacing agricultural research, higher education and front-line extension initiatives complemented with institutional, infrastructural and policy support that will create efficient and effective science-harnessing tool.

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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it wasestablished on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture. The ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi.

The Council is the apex body for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 99 ICAR institutes and 53 agricultural universities spread across the country this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.
The ICAR has played a pioneering role in ushering Green Revolution and subsequent developments in agriculture in India through its research and technology development that has enabled the country to increase the production of foodgrains by 4 times, horticultural crops by 6 times, fish by 9 times (marine 5 times and inland 17 times),milk 6 times and eggs 27 times since 1950-51, thus making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. It has played a major role in promoting excellence in higher education in agriculture. It is engaged in cutting edge areas of science and technology development and its scientists are internationally acknowledged in their fields.
  1. Development and strengthening of higher agricultural education
  2. Improving natural resource management and input use efficiency
  3. Utilizing frontier research in identified areas / programs for better genetic exploitation
  4. IP management and commercialization of technologies
  5. Technology assessment, refinement and demonstration
  6. Knowledge management in agriculture
  7. Farm mechanization, post-harvest management and value addition
  8. Development of diagnostics and vaccines
  9. Assessment and monitoring of fishery resources
  10. To develop and sustain excellence in basic and strategic research for providing knowledge support in the NARS for technology solution
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Enhanced agriculture
DADF, DAC, Planning Commission,
Ministry of Environment & Forests,
Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of
Rural Development and State
Increase in agriculture 
% 2 2 2 2 2
2. Enhanced milk, egg, meat & fish productivity
DADF, Ministry of Panchayati Raj,
Ministry of Rural Development, State
Governments and NGOs
Increase in milk productivity % 3.8 4 4 4 4
    Increase in egg productivity % 2 2 2 2 2
    Increase in meat productivity % 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
    Increase in fish productivity % 4 4 4 4 4
3. Enhanced availability of
quality human resources for
agricultural research &
development activities
SAUs, SVUs, Ministry of Panchayati Raj,Ministry of Rural Development and State Governments
Increase in Graduates / PG 
students passed out and
capacity building
% 5 5 5 5 5


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