The Central Government is contemplating introducing agriculture as a subject from the school level itself in order to promote it at a wide level.
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, the Minister of State for Agriculture, said in Rajya Sabha, "I agree that agriculture should be taught at the school level and in science colleges and have already had a discussion with the HRD Minister in the regard. However, as agriculture is a state subject, our role is limited in this regard and the states have to decide on this,"
According to the minister, agriculture education, in the country, is currently limited to 73 agriculture Universities and krishi vigyan kendras.
According to Balyan, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has introduced a 'Student Ready' program which would help in 'providing rural entrepreneurship awareness, practical experience in real life situations in rural agriculture and creating awareness among under graduate students for pursuing better career in agriculture farming'.
He also said, "A scheme of attracting and retaining youth in agriculture has been sanctioned under the 12th Plan Period at a cost of Rs 100 crore, covering 400 rural youths in each of the identified districts in the country. A total of 1000 youths will be covered. The government was committed to launch a centrally sponsored scheme of 'Promotion of National Agriculture Market' at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
It will be an e-marketing platform that is deployable in markets across the country, connecting the mandis across the country. Each of the mandis has been allocated Rs 30 lakh"