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Lab-to-Land, PM's slogan for increasing agri production

 29 July 2014
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Pitching for greater use of research for boosting the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave the slogan 'Lab-to-Land', saying that farmers should be able to enhance production to increase their income and feed the country as well as the world.

The Prime Minister also called for 'Blue Revolution' in fisheries sector on the lines of Green and White Revolutions. On the need to achieve 'Blue Revolution' in the fishery sector, Modi said: "In India's tri-colour flag, we talk about Green and White Revolution. But there is also blue colour Ashoka Chakra. That revolution we also need to look at."

"We have to prove two points. One is how we can make farmers capable of feeding the whole country and the world. Second is how we can make agriculture capable to fill the pocket of our farmers," PM Modi said while addressing the 86th Foundation Day of Indian Council Agriculture Research (ICAR) here.

Emphasising upon the need to address water crisis, he asked ICAR to explore scientific approach to manage water according to changing weather cycles.

"Water is God's offering to us and we should ensure that no single drop of water is wasted. How do we spread this message among common man? How do we work in this direction? Can we make 'Per drop more drop' as our mission statement? Similarly 'Kam Zameen, Kam samay and Zyada Upaj'," he said.

Modi said that awareness about water conservation among people is necessary as they are the ones who have to work upon this, though seminars on global warming and environment in 5-Star hotels do have some benefit in this regard.

Besides this, he said that the country has "no choice" but to increase farm productivity in less land without compromising the quality, while special efforts are required on growing agri-crops in less timeframe.

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