The foundation stone of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), which would come up in Goriya Karma village in Barhi near Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The institute would be first of its kind in the eastern India with a sprawling 1,000 acre campus and state-of-art research facilities. This institute would invite post graduate and doctoral students to conduct their region specific research around the country and abroad.
The mission of the institute is to achieve inclusive agricultural growth using Integrated farming Systems (IFS) approach. This would help increase the farm productivity through diversification, resource integration and creating of market linkages.
This institute is expected to enhance growth in agriculture not only in the state but around the other state in the eastern region namely Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Land has already been acquired for the purpose which shows sincerity of the state government in aligning itself quickly with the central move to develop the region. For the development of the institute the government has sanctioned a whopping Rs. 1,000 crore. In order to begin working the state government has been given Rs. 100 crore, which is going to get used for the setting up of campus infrastructure and include research infrastructure. For the north-eastern region , another such institute has been proposed which would be in Assam.
The IARI-Jharkhand would have School of Natural Resource Management, School of Crop Improvement & Protection, and School of Horticulture and Forestry as their three major schools of study. These schools would add course dealing with integrated animal sciences, basic sciences and social sciences in order to cater to the needs of the local farmers of the region.
IARI- Jharkhand would be on the paths of previously successful IARI-Delhi, which was responsible for the Green Revolution in India that transformed the Indian Food Production System radically from “ship to mouth” to “self-reliant sustainable agriculture”.
In order to curb down the effects of rice-fallow seasons there would be research on crop diversification, so that the production could be doubled. Along with these there would be research on fast adoption of technologies through location-specific, need-based extension strategies and mechanisms and higher agri education for HRD. The institute would further add disciplines like soil sciences, water science & technology, agronomy, horticulture and genetics as major components. From the next academic session the institute would take in 10 post-graduate students to begin with.