Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release 'Vision 2050' prepared by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) here on July 25, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday said.
"The Prime Minister will be the chief guest at ICAR foundation day celebrations here and release 'Vision 2050' for agriculture prepared by it to tackle the challenges of future," Singh told reporters.
The ICAR foundation day celebrations is being organised outside Delhi for the first time.
He said Modi will also inaugurate three new projects - Farmers First, Arya and Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (My village my pride) - to stress on the 'lab to land' concept of the Centre.
On that day, the PM will ask agriculture scientists from all over the country to speed up the 'lab to land' approach, intended to provide new technologies to farmers, which will lead to a quantum jump in agriculture productivity.
The Agriculture Minister said Patna was chosen to host ICAR foundation day celebrations because Bihar has an important place in the history of agricultural research.
The country's first agriculture research and education institute - 'Indian Agricultural Research Institute', then known as Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research, was established at Pusa in Samastipur district here in 1905.
Modi will also award 82 persons including agricultural scientists, farmers and journalists writing on agriculture issues on the occasion. The awards include the prestigious Norman Borlaug Award. He will also provide 'soil testing kits' to young agriculture entrepreneurs.
Singh, who is also the in-charge of Modi's political
rally at Muzaffarpur on the same day, lambasted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD President Lalu Prasad for "neglecting" the state and its people.
"Bihar prospered and saw good governance during the seven years of NDA rule, but has slipped on development, as well as, law and order fronts since 'Sushashan Babu' (Nitish Kumar) broke away and shook hands with 'Dushashan Babu' (Lalu Prasad)," he said.
"The state where kidnapping cases dropped to 973 in 2005, rose again to 1,128 in 2013 and 1,127 in 2014. Incidents of rape and murders have seen a phenomenal increase. I toured a few districts and witnessed that the public has made up its mood to usher a change. It is waiting to bring NDA government here," he added.
The Union Minister said the caste census ploy of Prasad will not work and the people will not accept the alliance of him, Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.