Agri Min inks training pact with Skill Min for KVKs
New Delhi: In a move aimed at honing the skills of the agricultural workforce, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on Tuesday signed a pact with Skill Development Ministry to conduct programmes for training in farm and allied sectors at 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country.
"We have entered a MoU with the skill development ministry to intensify the pace of skill development in 690 Krishi Vikas Kendras country-wide by training the agricultural workforce," Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said.
Singh further said that his Ministry was making fast progress in fulfilling Prime Minister's dream of "Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat".
"The government believes that agriculture must be developed as a private enterprise so that it attracts more youths. The ministry is working at four levels to achieve the target by focusing on increasing productivity, post-harvest management and fair prices to the farmers for their produce, strengthening and developing other aspects of farmers' income," Singh said.
"About 40 per cent of the country's workforce is linked to agricultural knowledge activities. The government aims to double farmers' income," said Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister.
"However, without skill upgradation, this is not possible. There are rapid technological strides in the agriculture sector; therefore, upskilling is needed," Pradhan said. He further said that the Skill Development Ministry had appealed to the Agriculture Ministry to link skilling initiatives with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Universities, seed market logistics and cold chains, and will intensify structural engagement in the future.