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Agricultural education in India must conform to global standards: Indian President
President Pranab Mukherjee said that agricultural education in India must conform to global standards. Addressing the Fifty-Fourth convocation of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) he said that the country needs to to create a large pool of competent faculty empowered with state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

"A strong network of teachers, learners and practitioners will facilitate lab-to-field dissemination of good agricultural practices. It will also provide feedback about farmers' problems to trigger research and technology development in our institutions," the President said.

President Pranab Mukherjee appreciated the 'water-wise technologies' like precision irrigation, Pusa Hydrogel, zero tillage wheat system, direct seeded rice system, and short duration crop varieties' developed by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

He added that the Scientists at IARI must continue with their efforts to develop water-efficient and drought-tolerant varieties.

"Inappropriate treatment and unplanned use of raw sewage water is impacting agricultural sustainability while posing a risk to consumer and environmental health. IARI's eco-friendly waste-water treatment technology should be able to provide safe irrigation water for peri-urban agriculture and also mitigate the problem of sewage water disposal," he suggested.

Expressing his concern for forty-five per cent of children below the age of three years being under-nourished in India, he was of the view that food grains must be bio-fortified with quality protein and micro-nutrients.

He called for turning out able, committed and industrious professionals from the institute to spearhead the next farm revolution with an aim at changing agriculture from subsistence farming to commercial farm industry.

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