The MoU was signed by Secretary(AC&FW), Secretary(DADF), Secretary(DARE) & DG(ICAR) and Secretary(MSDE) in the presence of Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Smt. Krishna Raj, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Anantkumar Hegde, Minister of State (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship), Senior Officers of both the Ministries and Media.
During the MOU signing ceremony, Shri Radha Mohan Singh emphasized that 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Institutes of ICAR and Agricultural Universities shall be involved in imparting skill to farmers, farm women and rural youth with focus on long term training programmes of 200 hrs as per job roles developed by Agriculture Skill Council of India.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan pointed out that agriculture sector need trained labour force in many areas like production procedures and practices, post-harvest management, value addition and food processing. As per government focus on Doubling Farmers Income, the skill development of farmers and rural youth is of paramount importance particularly in the field of seed production, marketing, cold chain, fisheries, livestock production etc .
(Source: Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR)