Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced to set up the ‘State Advisory Council for Agriculture Skills’ that would coordinate with the Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) to prepare a comprehensive time-bound action programme for imparting skills to the unemployed youth in the agriculture and allied sectors.
In his opening remarks during the meeting of a high-powered delegation of ASCI led by chairman Sanjeev Asthana at Punjab Bhawan here on Saturday morning, the chief minister underscored that upgrade of skills in the agriculture and allied sectors was the need of the hour and the state government was set to extend fulsome support and cooperation to implement the skill development programme in the agrarian sector.
He also gave nod to the world-renowned farm mechanisation company John Deere to set up a centre of excellence (COE) in affordable farm mechanisation to encourage the farmers for adopting the latest farm practices to enhance their yield both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Badal asked the ASCI to explore the feasibility of promoting fishery, apiary and piggery besides of mushroom cultivation through a structured approach.
To achieve all this, he also gave in-principle approval to the ASCI to set up its regional office in the Kheti Bhawan at SAS Nagar so as to function it in a far-more-coordinated and result-oriented manner.
Badal also asked the ASCI chairman to prepare a blueprint for the skill development perspective on agriculture and allied sectors with reference to Punjab keeping in view its peculiar nature of agrarian economy and socio-economic conditions of the local peasantry. He said he would like to include the vision document in the report to be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by him as the chairman of sub-group of chief ministers on skill.