Prime Minister said the work of ICAR should have two mantras: "Kam zameen, kam samay, zyaada upaj"and "per drop, more crop.” To meet the challenge of "lab to land" – taking scientific research to successful interventions – the Prime Minister exhorted agricultural colleges to start radio stations.
The Prime Minister also called for a blue revolution that would extend the benefits of scientific research to the fisheries sector. He also called for greater research and promotion of coastal seaweed, and Himalayan herbal medicinal plants.
Narendra Modi asked the scientists to elaborate upon their research in simple term so that it could be understood by the farmers, and they could be convinced to try out new products and initiatives.
Earlier Union Minister for Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh informed the Prime Minister that ICAR prepared the contingency plan for 520 districts with technical consultation.