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Climate change will hit farmers, says PM Narendra Modi | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated two research facilities at premier agri research institution, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) campus — Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and Rapid Generation Advancement Facility.
The PM also unveiled a specially designed logo of Icrisat and launched a commemorative stamp to kickstart the 50th anniversary celebrations of the agri research institution.
PM also took a tour of the research farms at Icrisat where he stopped to pick some fresh chickpea pods and even munched on them. The PM also briefly interacted with Icrisat scientists, who showcased innovations in the area of water & soil management, farm diversity as well as nutrition programmes, among others.
Addressing the participants, PM said climate change will hit small farmers, who constitute around 80-85% of total farmer population in India and the government is working with these farmers to mitigate risks.
“While climate change affects all, the hardest hit are the weakest sections of society, who lack resources. Small farmers fall in this category…climate change is a big challenge for them and therefore we have requested the global community to focus on this issue,” he said, adding that the government is eyeing a fusion of ‘back to basics’ and ‘march to future’ to help farmers tackle challenges arising out of climate change.
Citing the Union Budget, he said that the government will be focussing on natural farming, digital agriculture, higher cultivation of millets and oilseeds, among others.
“We are focussing on high and inclusive growth in the agri sector,” he said, adding that along with food security, the government will also be focusing on nutrition security.
Along with the PM, Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, Union minister for culture and tourism Kishan Reddy and Icrisat director general Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes were present during the ceremony.

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