30th August, 2017, Nagaland
Towards fulfilling the dream of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for doubling the farmer's income by the year 2022, a programme on “Sankalp Se Siddhi” was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Phek and ICAR-NRC on Mithun at Porba village, Nagaland .
The Chief Guest, Sri K G Kenye, Rajya Sabha MP, Nagaland after inaugurating the Exhibition on the theme of doubling farmers’ income at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Phek; led a “Sankalp se Siddhi March" from KVK-Phek Campus to Porba village panchayat hall with villagers in traditional dress and vibrant youth holding placards. Sri Kenye led the pledge taking ceremony and urged the farmers to adopt improved technologies and schemes. Shri K.G. Kenye lauded the initiative of the present Government in putting high priority towards agriculture and allied sectors as agriculture being the main occupation of 70% population of the country. Nagaland being an agrarian state can contribute towards the New India Movement by adopting organic farming, he added. He acknowledged the achievements of KrishiVigyan Kendra-Phek and NRC on Mithun for their incessant effort to enhance the socio-economic condition of the farmers.
Dr. R.S. Gandhi, ADG (AP&B), ICAR New Delhi graced the occasion as a Guest of Honour. He said that although India has become self-sufficient in terms of food grains, yet there are huge post-harvest losses that have to be checked. He lauded the contribution of livestock and poultry sector to the agriculture and the role of this sector in enhancing the livelihood and nutritional security of the farmers. He emphasized that livestock being an important component in the hilly states has immense potential that needs to be fully exploited for doubling the income of rural masses. Dissemination of superior germplasm of mithun and other livestock species under field conditions will certainly lead to higher productivity and profitability of stake holders.
Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Nagaland while formally welcoming the dignitaries and other participants, emphasized the importance of semi intensive mithun rearing as a component for doubling farmers’ income. He urged the farmers to conserve the healthy and well-built male bulls for further use in genetic improvement of the stock.
On this occasion, more than 200 farmers, officers of State Government and Govt. of India were present. A Film show on the theme and the messages of Hon’ble Prime Minister and Union Minister, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare was screened during the programme. Dr R K Singh, Head KVK, Phek proposed the vote of thanks.