India will require more than double agriculture graduates from the present 29,000 per annum in the next 10 years, a top official of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) said.
Taking into consideration the manpower requirements in different sub-sects of agriculture, ICAR in an assessment and draft policy paper suggested that there was need to double agricultural graduates in another decade, S Aiyappan, Director General, ICAR, said.
He was addressing the Centenary celebrations of Sugarcane Breeding Institute in Coimbatore.
Aiyyappan, who is also secretary,Department of Agriculture Research and Education, Government of India, said there was a need to have agricultural colleges in every district.
Later clarifying to a question by reporters that agricultural graduates were disappointed in not getting jobs, he said these graduates were really under employed. Unlike Information Technology or Communication Technology sector, these graduates were not getting high salaries, he claimed.
To another question he said there are immense opportunities for these graduates,who could be placed in testing, certification, food safety and other allied departments.
He said there is also the need to enhance productivity and production, since there would be major challenges due to global climate changes. For that purpose, there was need for private public partnership in research for effective technology management, he said.