The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), the country's premiere agricultural institute responsible for ushering in the Green Revolution, celebrated 51 years of its existence on Friday.
Speakers were of the unanimous view that India should take agriculture more seriously. "Agricultural is the backbone of the country's economy. It accounts for 65 per cent employment and 26 per cent of GDP. Steps should be take to ensure that agriculture plays a more pivotal role in society," said Kasturiranjan, director, National Institute of Higher Studies, the chief guest.
The view was reiterated by the 157 MSc and Phd students felicitated by him. "As India is an agrarian country, we should take initiatives to develop high yielding variety crops and enhance productivity to increase exports," said Kamal Kant, a student.