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Germany, India to set up centre of excellence for skill development in agriculture

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New Delhi | Monday, Oct 5 2015 IST
Germany and India today signed a pact to set up a centre of excellence in the field of agriculture for the purpose of developing skills of the people engaged in farming and allied fields.

The German Agribusiness Alliance (Arbeitsgruppe Agrarwirtschaft) and Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with each other for the purpose of jointly developing the establishment of 'Indo-German Centre of Excellence in Agriculture' aimed at creating a platform for practical skill development in agriculture in India.

The MoU was signed in presence of Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt and his Indian counterpart Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh. The German minister was here as a part of delegation that accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel for a 3rd round of Inter Governmental Consultations on a range of sectors under collaboration between the two countries.

"The prime objective of this collaboration would be to provide practical professional skill training as well as practical demonstrations of modern technologies and methods (capacity building) to various stakeholders of the agriculture development ecosystem," Joerg Rehbein, the spokesman for the German Agribusiness Alliance, said.

"With this initiative, we hope to raise awareness on emerging areas of agriculture technologies and their application, and to adopt best skill development practices and concepts from India and Germany," Mr Rahbein said.

Given the importance of agriculture and its allied services as principal economic driver in India, the MoU is seen a step towards empowering people with skilled, technological training in order to enhance scientific education for sustainable agricultural practices.

Sanjeev Asthana, Chairman, ASCI, said the proposed Centre would provide both short and long-term practical, professional skill training on modern technologies and methods, and organise demonstrations of technological advancements. "The activities would target to reach farmers as well as farm workers and wage workers in agriculture related industries. In addition, the project shall be used to train trainers of certified private or state training providers and facilities," Mr Asthana said.

The Centre will cover different areas of agriculture and will be set up in co-operation with agriculture institutions."It is precisely a good education and skill set that can enable farmers, farm workers and specialists in the agriculture and food industry to utilise modern technologies and efficient cultivation methods. With more than 50 per cent of the countrys work force depending on agriculture, their capacity building and adoption of latest innovations in agriculture holds a large potential to drive not only the sectoral growth but also the entire economy towards food security and economic self-reliance," Mr Rahbein said.

Arbeitsgruppe Agrarwirtschaft, or the German Agribusiness Alliance, unites leading associations and companies in the German agriculture and food sector focussing in particular on agricultural machinery and equipment, animal husbandry, plant breeding and plant protection as well as agricultural trade. Its objective is to actively support the development of the agriculture and industries in partner countries by providing knowhow, modern technology as well as by promoting economic relations and direct investment.

ASCI works towards building capacity in the agriculture industry and bridge the gap between laboratories and farms. The council aims to upgrade skills of farmers, farm & wage workers, self-employed and extension workers engaged in organised and unorganised agriculture and allied industry such as dairy, fishery and poultry, agro-forestry and rural vocations. UNI PRA RSA AE 1726

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