ICAR seeks doubling of R&D budget in FY18 from present Rs 800 crore


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has asked for doubling of farm research budget in the next fiscal from the current Rs 800 crore as it wants to develop high-yielding varieties that can cope with the challenges of climate change and boost farmers' income.

To ensure food and nutrition security of the country amid rising population, the ICAR has chalked out a plan to develop high yielding varieties of many crops including rice and wheat that are enriched with multiple-nutritional elements.

Not only crops, ICAR has made plans to develop varieties of fruits and vegetables that can be easily processed by the industry and reduce wastage. It also wants to use cloning technology to increase milk production.


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