30th November 2017, Lucknow
Kisan Mela-cum-Agricultural Technology Exhibition was organized by ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow . More than 450 farmers held hands through Farmer FIRST and PFDC projects, in the event. Kisan Mela-cum-Agricultural Technology Exhibition was inaugurated by Dr B.S. Chundawat, Former Vice-Chancellor, Navsari Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya along with Dr Shailendra Rajan, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow, Dr Mathura Rai, Former Director, IIVR, Varanasi, and Dr U.S. Gautam, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur. Dr Shailendra Rajan reiterated that horticulture remains the best option in fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi towards doubling farmers’ income, particularly in subtropics. The farmers expressed their gratitude to the Institute and its mission mode programs such as Farmer FIRST, Precision Farming Development Centre and Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, for providing technological back up for augmenting their income. Farmers held hands under Farmer FIRST project brought their produce (Vegetables, grafted plants, flowers, eggs, and poultry) for sale at the Exhibition. Institute has introduced a diversified Horti-module viz., Mango-based poultry farming which has spread to 4 villages in Malihabad and helped in doubling income to close to 100 farmers in 8 months time. Institute honoured 10 progressive farmers who could augment their income many fold through Institute's initiative. During the occasion Mr Shailendra Raguvansi, progressive guava farmer, narrated his success story of becoming a nursery entrepreneur through skill development provided by ICAR-CISH whereas Mr Manik Rao Mahavir Prasad another guava farmer from Maharashtra who could double his income through guava orcharding in two years’ time with Institute's intervention. Mr Upendra Singh became a successful mango entrepreneur and sold his Dashehari mango using mango mobile van, a new initiative mode he got from Farmer FISRT project. Many pamphlets and folders containing information on horticultural technology and Farmer FIRST diary was inaugurated during the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow)