NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday appealed to scientists to find technological solutions to address major problems being faced by the farmers, not only in terms of increasing the yield of the produce but also in growing crops in the wasteland areas.
Speaking at the CSIR's Platinum Jubilee, Modi said that he looks forward to CSIR making an important contribution to the current government’s mandate of doubling the income of the farmers’ income by 2022, the year the country celebrates 75 years of its Independence.
In his message to the science fraternity across the country, he stressed upon the urgent need to find technological solutions to address major problems being faced by the farmers, not only in terms of increasing the yield of the produce but also in growing crops in the wasteland areas through initiatives like ‘Per Drop More Crop’.
He asked the scientists to work on increasing the production of vegetables to not only address domestic needs, but also for exports.
"Now that we are in the 75th year...We take forward the single point agenda of time bound delivery," he said.
Noting that CSIR has contributed significantly in health sector, prime minister said when the nation faces the challenge of diseases like TB, Chikungunya and dengue, CSIR should also focus on development of affordable diagnostics that would help in the prevention of epidemics.
He added that development of technologies enabling affordable products is the key to today’s world’s economy scenario that would not only cater to the domestic requirements but also help improve the country’s exports.
Emphasising the need to have ease of doing 'Technology Business', he asked CSIR to bring in right stakeholders so that the benefit of technology can reach the common man.
"A technology is considered successful if it benefits the common man. At times we invent something, but the common man is unaware of it. Can it be modified by as per the needs of the common man?" the PM asked.