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AGRICULTURE

Subhash Chandra Foundation, WUR tie up to facilitate agri transformation
Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Wageningen
The Subhash Chandra Foundation, founded by Subhash Chandra, chairman, Zee and Essel Group, and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, recently inked a partnership with the Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research (WUR) to facilitate the transformation of Indian agriculture and allied sectors to achieve sustainable agriculture development which is aligned with the national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objective of the partnership is to create sustainable impact on the agri-business and develop models which are replicable with geographical adjustments. The models which are likely to emerge out of this partnership will be widely circulated and demonstrated for rapid adoption and multiplication.

India, traditionally being an agrarian country, has a 17 per cent contribution to the national gross domestic product (GDP) coming from agriculture, and 60 per cent of rural households depend on agriculture and allied sectors for their livelihoods.

The agriculture sector in India is lagging in productivity compared to many developed countries even after having the second largest arable area (160 million hectare) in the world. Climate change and biodiversity imbalance are a few issues further affecting productivity.

To foster the growth in Indian agriculture and align it with the national mission of the Government of India in doubling farmers’ incomes, the Subhash Chandra Foundation is committed to bring in the best practices and state-of-the-art technologies in the agriculture sector.

In a series of steps that are being taken in this direction by the foundation include building think tank forums (Krishi Kranti) and strategic engagements with research institutes and universities in India and overseas.

Chandra said, “We hear the youth getting into engineering, marketing and management, but we don’t hear them getting in to agriculture, the sector where India has been a major exporter.”

“The partnership with Wageningen University will accelerate agriculture sector’s growth, make the sector more lucrative for the youth and the coming generations to be gainfully employed in it,” he added.

Under the leadership of Chandra, the foundation is establishing a new face of philanthropy to achieve sustainable agricultural development and act as a change maker in rural transformation.
 
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