Canada – Saskatchewan agriculture student scholarship recipients announced

Today, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit presented four agriculture scholarships to students from across the province.

May 10, 2022 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit presented four agriculture scholarships to students from across the province.

Emily Sebastian of Montmartre, Sask. was awarded $4,000 towards her post-secondary studies as the grand-prize winner of the 2022 Agriculture Student Scholarship. Emily’s video submission discussed the various ways that farmers and ranchers can effectively communicate with consumers in a transparent and honest manner. Emily will be furthering her education at the University of Saskatchewan at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Kristie Pedersen from Lockwood, Sask., Grace Waldenberger from Marquis, Sask. and Kate Axten from Minton, Sask. were all awarded $2,000 as runners up for the scholarship.

Kristie’s essay explored how communication and education is key to bridging the gap between the farm and the plate. She focused her transparency essay on the whole supply chain and the need for everyone to share their story. Kristie will be furthering her education in Moose Jaw where she will be studying in the Agriculture and Food Production Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Grace’s essay highlighted the important role that agriculture plays in people’s lives, whether they are directly connected to the industry or not. She spoke about the impact that social media influencers can have on people and the importance of educating youth. Grace will be taking her post-secondary education at either the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Lethbridge.

Kate Axten’s video submission focused on what transparency is and how farmers can be more transparent. Her video showcased the work that her family farm has done to improve transparency with their consumers. Kate will be attending Dalhousie University in the fall where she will be studying International Food Business in the Faculty of Agriculture.

“There is a wide variety of trades and careers associated with the agriculture sector, from the farm to the lab to technology companies. Encouraging young people to pursue careers in agriculture will provide a strong foundation for the future of the industry. This scholarship program will help our young leaders pursue their studies and embark on rewarding careers in agriculture.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“We received many outstanding applications this year in the form of both essays and video. It’s great to see Saskatchewan youth talk so passionately about agriculture and transparency, and we’re very proud to support them and their career plans. The future of our industry is in good hands.”

– David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

“The scholarship is a great way to express your ideas and gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the agriculture industry. More than that, though, it makes you think about what you can do to become more transparent about your, or your family’s, operation.”

– Emily Sebastian, scholarship recipient

Marianne Dandurand

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food


Canada – Next Gen Agriculture mentorship program Welcomes New Mentees and Mentors

Today, the Canadian Western Agribition’s (CWA) Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program welcomes the newest group of agriculture leaders.

March 22, 2022 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, the Canadian Western Agribition’s (CWA) Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program welcomes the newest group of agriculture leaders.

The successful mentees and mentors chosen to participate in this intake are:

Kaitlyn Kitzan, paired with Dale Leftwich
David MacTaggart, paired with William Greuel
Erika Stewart, paired with Mike Sidoryk
Kristin Thompson, paired with Tara Davidson
Brooke Dudley, paired with Alison Weaver
Chelsey Mitchell, paired with Megz Reynolds
Morgan Heidecker, paired with Sheldon Kyle
Rena Leier, paired with Clinton Monchuk

The program matches eight young leaders in the agriculture industry with experienced professionals for an 18-month mentorship where they gain skills and experiences to advance their careers. Mentees gain industry knowledge, board and governance training, business education and networking opportunities that align with their existing skills, interests and desired outcomes.

Established in 2019, the program is entering its fourth cycle. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan committed $100,000 to support this intake of mentees.

“Young Canadians are the ones who will shape the future of agriculture, and we all benefit from having them learn from seasoned mentors. With the Next Gen Program, our government is supporting knowledge transfer to get the next generation of farmers on the right track toward successful careers.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program plays an important role in the sustainability of the agriculture sector. Through this mentorship, bright, young leaders can develop the essential skills and tools to advance their careers and, ultimately, advance the industry. Congratulations to the mentees and thank you to the mentors for your guidance.”

– David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture 

“CWA remains a proud partner in building the future of agriculture with this program. The quality of the applicants and the dedication of mentors show how truly important and how bright the future of our industry really is.”

– Chris Lees, president, Canadian Western Agribition

Marianne Dandurand

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food


Jamie Shanks

Ministry of Agriculture

Government of Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan


Agriculture with New Perspective of Atma Nirbhar North East-Initiative of NERCRMS – a registered society under the aegis of NEC under the Ministry of DoNER.


Deomali hamlet is located in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, where most people are engaged in agriculture. Since the growing of spices has great potential in NER due to suitable agro-climatic conditions.


On February 12, 2022, the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society (NERCRMS), Shillong, in collaboration with the Spice Board Divisional Office Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh, under the North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of DoNER, GoI, organised a training programme for spice growers at the Patkai Hills Welfare Society Office, Deomali, Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh.


Accordingly, more than 60 (sixty) participants were trained. They were trained in spice growing as well as to sell their produce for income generation.

Spice Board authorities further highlighted that more such projects will be implemented in the Namsang Block and Soha Block in the near future to encourage farmers to improve their farm activities and economic status.



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Union Agriculture Minister releases Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for use of Drone in Pesticide Application for Crop Protection and for spraying Soil and Crop Nutrients

The adoption of drone technology is the need of the times and will benefit farmers. Stating this during the release of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for drone application in Agriculture, the Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi all policies since 2014 are aimed at doubling farmer’s income by 2022. He said that the formation of Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) and the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) will bring about a revolution in the lives of small farmers. The Minister informed that the drones were used for the first time in warding off the locust attacks in various states of the country. He said that the government is making continuous efforts to infuse new technologies in agriculture so as to provide sustainable solution in context of enhancing the productivity as well as efficiency of the agriculture sector.

The SOP for drone regulation for pesticide application covers important aspects like statutory provisions, flying permissions, area distance restrictions, weight classification, overcrowded areas restriction, drone registration, safety insurance, piloting certification, operation plan, air flight zones, weather conditions, SOPs for pre, post and during operation, emergency handling plan.

Considering the unique advantages of Drone technologies in agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, (Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare) in consultation with all the stakeholders of this sector, has brought out Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for use of drones in pesticide and nutrient application that provides concise instructions for effective and safe operations of drones.

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) commonly known as drones have great potential to revolutionize Indian agriculture and ensure country’s food security. The National drone policy has been notified and the Drone Rules 2021 have been made significantly easier for people and companies in the country to now own and operate drones. The requisite fees for permissions have also been reduced to nominal levels.

Drones are well-equipped with many features like multi-spectral and photo cameras and can be used in many areas of agriculture sector such as monitoring crop stress, plant growth, predict yields, deliver props like herbicides, fertilizer and water. Drones can be used for assessing the health of any vegetation or crop, field areas inflicted by weeds, infections and pests and based on this assessment, the exact amounts of chemicals needed to fight these infestations can be applied thereby optimizing the overall cost for the farmer. Drone planting systems have also been developed by many start-ups which allow drones to shoot pods, their seeds and spray vital nutrients into the soil. Thus, this technology increases consistency and efficiency of crop management, besides reducing the cost.

The farmers face many problems like unavailability or high cost of labours, health problems by coming in contact with chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) while applying them in the field, bite by insects or animals, etc. In this context, drones can help farmers in avoiding these troubles in conjunction with the benefits of being a green technology. Use of drones in agriculture may also give ample opportunities to provide employment to people in rural areas.

During the release of SOPs event in the Agriculture Ministry, Secretary Agriculture Shri Sanjay Agarwal delivered an address on advantages of drone technologies. Others who witnessed the event were Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Kailash Choudhary and Ms. Shobha Karandlaje. Senior officials of the ICAR, State government officials and owners of the Custom Hiring Centres all across the country witnessed this event through webcast.

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Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare signs 5 MOUs with private companies for taking forward Digital Agriculture

Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated this at the MOU signing ceremony at KrishiBhavan today. MOUs were signed for pilot projects with CISCO, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms Limited, ITC Limited and NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML).

Based on these pilot projects farmers will be able to take informed decisions on what crop to grow, what variety of seed to use and what best practises to adopt to maximise the yield. The agriculture supply chain players can plan their procurement and logistics on precise and timely information. Farmers can take informed decisions about whether to sell or store their produce and when and where and what price to sell.

A Digital agriculture mission has been initiated for 2021 -2025 by government for projects based on new technologies like artificial intelligence, block chain, remote sensing and GIS technology, use of drones and robots etc. Any attempt to transform Agriculture sector needs to imbibe an ecosystem thinking and a digital ecosystem. The Agriculture value chain extends from crop selection to crop management and the market; it involves public and private players in agricultural inputs and services and also logistics. Establishing a digital ecosystem of agriculture needs to take a long-term view of aspects like interoperability, data governance, data quality, data standards, security and privacy, besides promoting innovation. A significant requirement is adoption of a decentralized, federated architecture that assures autonomy to the service providers and all other actors and ensures interoperability at the same time.  Recognizing the importance of Digitization in Agriculture the Department is creating a federated Farmers Database and building different Services around this Database so as to built Digital Ecosystems of Agriculture. Federated farmers’ database will be linked by the land records of farmers from across the country and unique Farmer ID will be created. Under this unified database for all farmers the information of all benefits and supports of various schemes of Central & State Government can be kept and this can be the source for accessing information for providing benefits to farmers in the future. So far, the database is ready with details of around 5.5 crore farmers.


Shri Kailash Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Ms. Shobha Karandlaje, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Sanjay Aggarwal Secretary, DA&FW,  Sh. Vivek Aggarwal, Additional Secretary (Digital Agriculture), Shri. Harish Krishnan (Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements) CISCO, Mr. Thirukumaran Nagarajan (Co Founder and CEO Ninjacart) Ninjacart, Dr. Shanker Adawal (President and Head of Regulatory & Corporate Affiars, JIO) Jio Platforms Limited, Mr. Rajnikant Rai, (Divisional Chief Executive of ITC) ITC Limited and Mr. Mrugank Paranjape, (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer) NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML) were also present on this occasion.

Click here to see Short Note on all 05 MOU Partners



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