22nd February 2018, Patna
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna celebrated its 18th Foundation Day at the institute campus in Patna today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In his inaugural address, Shri Singh congratulated the Institute for its 18th Foundation Day and stated that states of eastern and north east India will be the centre of second green revolution in future. He emphasized on need for adoption of integrated farming system in order to cater the threats of climate change. He briefed about various agricultural schemes of Govt of India and stated that the govt. is committed for doubling farmer’s income by year 2022. He talked about increasing minimum support price of agricultural produce to 1.5 times of its cost of cultivation and need for value addition and proper marketing infrastructure.
Mobile app on Soil Nutrient Management, AamSuraksha (mango protection) and Solar power app, database and software developed by the institute were also launched by the Union Minister.
Seventy three selected progressive farmers from all seven eastern states viz Bihar, Eastern UP, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand were felicitated by the Chief Guest for their significant contribution in the field of agriculture.
DrPrem Kumar, Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Bihar; Shri RanvendraPratap Singh; Shri SK Singh, Agricultural Production Commissioner, Govt of Bihar and Dr Sanjeev Chaurasia MLA, Digha constituency were the Guests of Honour on the occasion.
DrPrem Kumar emphasized upon development of agricultural technologies which can reduce the cost of cultivation as well as increase the crop productivity. He elaborated about schemes being implemented by department of agriculture, Govt. of Bihar and said that Group Farming and development of Organic corridor will be the priority of Govt.
Sri RanvendraPratap Singh, emphasized about the steps and progress made under Green Revolution Scheme in Uttar Pradesh. He said that Cropping Intensity of eastern UP needs to be increased from 159% to 200%.
Earlier, Dr BP Bhatt, Director, ICAR RCER, Patna briefed about the achievements of the institute during last year.
Books on "Powering Second Green Revolution Through Emerging Technologies"; and "Baans (Bamboo) kevividhroopawamunkaupyog", training manual on "Optimization of production efficiency of fish livestock integrated farming" and an extension bulletin on "Tapaksinchaikeantragatsabjeeyonkiropanjyamityawamghulanasheelurwarakpaddhati" were also released by the dignitaries.
Directors and scientists from ICAR Institutes, senior officials from Sate Agricultural University and officials from different govt. departments also participated in the event..
An Exhibition to demonstrate the new technologies and products in agriculture were also organized on this occasion where 15 stalls from ICAR Institutes, other govt agencies and input dealers displayed their products and technologies.
A Scientist Farmers interaction was also organized for the benefit of farmers.
Nearly 2000 farmers from all the seven eastern states participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna)