February 16, 2018 Ranchi
Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), Ranchi organized Annual Kisan Mela-cum-Agricultural Machinery Exhibition. The Mela-cum- Exhibition was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri Raghubar Das.
Chief Minister of Jharkhand emphasized on the importance of lac in the economic upliftment of the farming community including forest dwellers, lac growers and small scale entrepreneurs. He assured that State Government will promote the lac based products through its brand name. He informed that newly constituted Mukhyamantri Laghu and Kutir Udyam Vikas Board (MLKUVB) has already started work in this direction. He told that planting of lac hosts on field bunds will help in increasing the income so as to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. He also announced that to empower the local bodies, Adivasi Vikash Samiti for tribal dominated areas will be constituted with the full financial delegation. In his address, he appreciated the research and training activities of this institute and expressed his happiness on intensive lac cultivation on semialata, a new lac host plant identified by the Institute. During his visit to Institute Research Farm, he planted a lac host sapling also. He assured that State Government will strive for constitution of a National Lac Development Board; declaring lac as agricultural commodity and ensuring minimum support price to the farmers.
Smt Rajbala Verma, Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand said that lac production is an important source of livelihood security for the lac growers. She asserted that scientific cultivation of lac using semialata need to be popularized among the progressive farmers of this state. She assured that government will procure all the the produce from the tribal farmers at remunerative price.
Dr. KK Sharma., Director, ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi in his welcome address threw light on research achievements, training and developmental activities of the Institute for the welfare of lac farmers. He briefed that due to the technological intervention by the institute has increased tremendously.
Secretary to CM, Jharkhand, Shri Sunil Kumar Barnwal and Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperation, Government of Jharkhand, Smt. Puja Singhal, were present on this occasion as the Guests of Honor. More than 1200 farmers and other stakeholders participated in the Mela.
An Agricultural Machinery Exhibition comprising of 32 stalls from different organizations was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. 11 Farmers / Lac entrepreneurs / executive from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh were felicitated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister for production and promotion of lac. A MoU was also exchanged between IINRG and MLKUVB for promotion and development of lac in the Jharkhand State.
A Kisan Ghosti was also organized wherein experts of the various organizations i.e. ICAR-IINRG, Birsa Agricultural University, ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Regional Centre, ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Central Tassar Research and Training Institute and CRURRS, Hazaribagh interacted with farmers and provided solutions to problems faced by farmers in lac cultivation and other agricultural crops.
Dr Nirmal Kumar, Head TOT & Convener of this function proposed Vote of Thanks.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi)