Amid shortage of skilled agri- workers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to train 24 lakh farmers by 2022 in areas like polyhouse construction, biogas and vermi compost.
“There are 14 crore farmers in the country, but we hardly have skilled workers who can support them in constructing polyhouses, making beekeeping boxes, establish the structure for mushroom cultivation and other allied agricultural activities,” ICAR Deputy Director General (Extension) A K Singh said at Farm Innovators Meet here.
The ICAR has decided to train 24 lakh agri-workers in such activities as per the standards of the Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship, he said. ICAR has been training farmers in such activities but not as per the Skill Development Ministry’s standard of 200 hours coaching to provide a proper certificate. Singh said a separate training of 16 hours would be conducted for re-skilling of those farmers who have already been trained from the ICAR.