Science-Society-Setu

Agriculture & Allied

                           

The Web Clinic Series will harness Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) in search of social, economic and environmentally viable agricultural technologies and solutions. These interventions are essentially related to agriculture production for future preparedness towards Socio-economic regrowth for the benefit of Society. Agriculture and allied sectors are divided into several segments like agriculture and its united parts, fisheries segment, creature cultivation and domesticated animals, sericulture, and so on.  The proposed discussions are aimed at improving the farm gate infrastructure like warehousing, cold chains, post harvest management infrastructure, dairy infrastructure along with investment in cattle feed, fisheries, beekeeping, herbal and medicinal plants, and so on. In the agriculture sector, crop harvesting, post-harvesting, quality seeds, value addition, precision farming, an ecosystem of inputs in agriculture, support services and marketing assistance are critical to strengthen the overall farm sector for decentralised production.

“Science-Society-Setu for Aatmanirbhar Bharat (S34ANB)”, a Web Clinic Series is an initiative of Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of Department of Science & Technology  (DST) , Government of India, to catalyse cross-bridge collaboration between Knowledge Organisations, and  NGOs & Communities to address Sustainable Development at the local level through STI. The initiative is targeted to strengthen the ‘Social Infrastructure’ and ‘Technology Driven System’ pillars of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

During each session, the expert panel would provide a feasibility report, on creating possible forward linkages between NGOs and knowledge institutions, and guidelines to way-forward. The resulting ideas and recommendations are proposed to be supported through SEED Division through its ongoing schemes and programmes or in collaboration with other relevant divisions. Emanated ideas may also be considered for future support in project mode.

The virtual interaction will be a two-days long meeting per week (3-4 Hours per day), for consecutive 3 Weeks for Agriculture and allied sectors starting from Launch Date (15th October 2020). The discussion will begin with an introduction and brief presentations on the background/context of the web clinic. This will be followed by the technical presentation and discussion sessions in proposed two streams with experts from Knowledge institutions, Voluntary Organisations and Community representatives. The speakers would highlight societal relevance/business opportunity for the locals and expected requirement from the people (skillset, investment, resources).