I feel honoured and privileged to accept humbly the responsibility of Principal of DBCA, Sagayathottam on 1st June 2019. Established in the year 2014, this Institute has been serving the community in education and extension activities in the area of agriculture and horticulture with the jurisdiction of 3 districts viz., Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Vellore.
Indian agriculture and allied activities have witnessed a green, a white, an yellow and a blue revolution. Agriculture is unquestionably the largest livelihood provider in India and contributes for food security, rural employment, nutritional security, soil conservation, sustainable natural resource management and bio diversity protection.
The recent statistics has indicated that Agriculture contribution to Gross Domestic Production is declining in India. During the last two decades, the average annual growth of agricultural sector was less than half around 3% of the overall average growth of the economy (6-7%).
The income from the non-agricultural sector is growing faster than the agriculture sector and a sizable workforce from agriculture sector is needed to be shifted to non-agriculture sector for income and livelihood opportunities. Hence, the focus needs to be oriented to develop and promote technologies that raise agricultural income and ensure employment opportunities in the agricultural supply chain to the vast majority of workforce.
The Indian Council of Agriculture gives highest priority to farmers and its entire strategy is focussed to double the farmers income. Under the National Agricultural Innovation System ICAR has stressed for reform in agricultural education and extension system to enhance human resource befitting global competition.
The challenges in agriculture are formidable, yet, the agricultural education in the country will meet the challenges of the farming in the coming years. The years ahead would be known as the decade of agriculture. The future is filled with possibilities,new approaches,technologies, and policies towards sustainable food production for a healthy and happy world. It will be my vision and mission to work with a highly motivated and committed faculties of this Institute to realize these possibilities and fulfil its responsibilities in agricultural education.
Dr. M. Selvarajan, Ph.D.