GoI approves INR 25 crores for agro-economic research

Q.  What amount of grant-in-aid has the GoI approved for agro economic research centres and units beyond this fiscal?
- Published on 03 Apr 17

a. INR 35 crore
b. INR 15 crore
c. INR 25 crore
d. INR 10 crore

ANSWER: INR 25 crore
The government approved grants-in-aid of INR 25 crore to agro-economic research centres and units beyond 2016-17.

The amount will be required to continue the grants-in-aid to the existing 15 AERCs/AERUs.

The employees of 12 AERCs and three AERUs situated in different states will be benefited.

This would provide policy oriented Agro Economic Research inputs through field studies and reviewing / monitoring of Flagship programmes of the agriculture and allied sector.

This would lead to better agricultural development policy and programmes which in turn would raise employment potential in both farm and non-farm areas, it said.

It will be reviewed after one year for taking the final decision on the recommendations of the review committee, chaired by S M Jharwal, Chancellor, India Gandhi National Tribal University.

This committee was set up by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DACFW), to review the functioning of AERCs/AERUs.

The review committee has recommended that the AERCs/AERUs must be retained and strengthened and that the present pattern of grant-in-aid to these grass-root research institutions must be continued.

The committee has also made recommendations regarding functioning and improving governance of the AERCs/AERUs.

AER: Know More
  • The Agro-Economic Research (AER) Scheme is an on-going scheme initiated in 1954-55.
  • It is for undertaking research studies on agro-economic problems of the country.
  • The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation has set up 15 AERCs/AERUs in different Universities/Institutes with a view to conduct policy oriented research/evaluation studies on topics of interest.

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