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National Agricultural Innovation Project

New Delhi. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the World Bank have been implementing a joint National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) in the country.

The specific objective of the National Agricultural Innovation Project is to accelerate the collaborative development and application of agricultural innovations between public and research organizations, NGOs, farmers, private sector and other stakeholders. Some of the major achievements are as follows:-

• Three hundred thirty six (336) entrepreneurs have been incubated and 60 technologies commercialized.

• Rice knowledge management portal for providing complete rice information from a single portal has been developed.

• An online access to over 2,900 journals to 140 National Agricultural Research System (NARS) libraries has been provided.

• Over 610 NARS Scientists have so far been trained in frontier areas of agricultural sciences in the state of art laboratories across the world. 86 national trainings involving international experts have also been sanctioned and more than 80 have been completed.

• Research on production to consumption system is covered by 51 consortia working across sub-sectors of Indian agriculture.

• Sustained improvement in incomes and well-being of farm families, mainly in disadvantaged areas, have been undertaken in 102 districts of the country. • Over 610 NARS Scientists have so far been trained in frontier areas of agricultural sciences in the state of art laboratories across the world. 86 national trainings involving international experts have also been sanctioned and more than 80 have been completed.

• Research on production to consumption system is covered by 51 consortia working across sub-sectors of Indian agriculture.

• Sustained improvement in incomes and well-being of farm families, mainly in disadvantaged areas, have been undertaken in 102 districts of the country.

Till date, an amount of Rs 727.93 crore. has been released by the World Bank.

This information was given by Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. [pib]