5-10, January, 2018, Kasaragod
A Mega Kisan Conference and an Agri-business Expo – 2018 was organized by ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod to commemorate the 101th foundation day of the ICAR-CPCRI and the 25th foundation day of ICAR-KVK, Kasaragod.
The Agri-business Expo was inaugurated by Shri E. Chandrasekharan, Minister for Revenue, Govt. of Kerala. During the inaugural address, he urged research institutes to introspect if their findings and acquired knowledge are trickling down to the farmers. He highlighted the importance organic agriculture to naturally overcome the major problems caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the past.
Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, inaugurated the Kisan Conference on 8th January 2018. , in which nearly 3000 farmers participated. He also inaugurated the new building of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Kasaragod.
Shri Gowda said the agriculture sector contributed to 17% of GDP, and provides employment to 54% of the population. The total allocation for the rural, agriculture, and allied sectors in 2017-18 was Rs. 1,87,223 crores, which was 24% higher than the previous year. He also emphasized that the government has implemented various schemes such as Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, etc. to double the farmer’s by 2022. He said that so far 9.91 crore soil health cards have been distributed by the government. He also appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CPCRI in enhancing the productivity and income of the plantation growers.
The Minister released a commemorative postal stamp to mark 100 years of ICAR-CPCRI in the presence of Col. S.F.H. Rizvi, Post Master General, Northern Region, Kozhikode. He also felicitated three farmers, Shri Sibi Joseph of Balal, Kasaragod (Coconut), Shri Rama Kishore of Karnataka’s Bantwal (arecanut), and Shri Vishwanath Rao of Sullia (cocoa) during the function.
MoU was signed with Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC) and Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for coconut chips, frozen coconut delicacies and Kalparasa technologies with Madhura Agro, Coimbatore.
Micronutrient formulations “Kalpa Vardhini” and Kalpa Poshak” for coconut and publications on “25 years of ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra”, “Entrepreneur and Farmer Friendly Technologies” in Hindi and “Coconut” in Malayalam and Kannada were released by the Union Minister.
Shri P. Karunakaran, Member of Parliament, Kasaragod, Shri N. A. Nellikunnu MLA, Kasaragod, Shri A.G.C. Basheer, President, Kasaragod District Panchayath, Shri A.A. Jaleel, President, Mogral Puthur Panchayath, also graced the occasion.
Concurrent with the expo, various farmer interface programmes were also organized.
A total of 2,600 farmers and other stakeholders actively participated in these interface programmes.
A workshop on “Bio-suppression of rugose spiraling whitefly” of coconut on 6th January 2018 was inaugurated by Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Regional Representative, South and Central Asia, Bioversity International, in which Dr. P. K. Chakrabarty, ADG (Plant Protection), ICAR was guest of honour.
The Agri-Business Expo-2018, products of diverse nature were exhibited in about 150 stalls. The exhibitors included representatives of ICAR institutes, corporate sector agri business houses and small and medium scale enterprises involved in production of agri-based value added food materials, farm implements and equipments for irrigation, urban and peri-urban horticulture etc.
The exhibition was visited by around 10,000 visitors daily, comprising of farmers, entrepreneurs and school students during the six days long event from 5-10, January, 2018, totaling 60,000 visitors.
The Valedictory Function of “The Kisan Conference and Agri-Business Expo – 2018” was held at 10th January, 2018 at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod under the chairmanship of Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI.
(Source:ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod)