15th April, 2018, Motihari
A State Level Agriculture Fair-cum-Farmers’ Scientists Interaction Meet was organized during 13-15th April, 2018 at Zila School Ground, Motihari, Bihar.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Shri Pramod Kumar, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Bihar attended the inaugural function as Guest of Honour.
In his inaugural address, Shri Radha Mohan Singh briefed about various agricultural schemes of Govt. of India viz. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna, Soil Health Card, Per Drop More Crop, Gokul Mission, Integrated Farming System, etc. and its status of implementation. He emphasized upon skill development programmes being under taken in the field of agriculture and allied fields. Projects on fisheries development in Majharia, Kararia, Sirsa and Rulhi wetlands of East Champaran district funded by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad was also launched by the Chief Guest. A Mobile Soil Test Laboratory of Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa was inaugurated for the farmers of adjoining districts of North Bihar.
Shri Pramod Kumar urged the farmers to take advantage of schemes of Govt. of India as well as Govt. of Bihar to increase their farm productivity and income level.
Earlier, Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR-RCER, Patna , in his welcome address briefed the objectives of the event.
Inaugural session was graced by MLAs and MLCs of East Champaran district, Dr A. K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extension), Dr Joykrushna Jena, DDG (Fisheries, and Animal Science), Dr Anand Kr Singh, DDG(Horticulture, and Crop Science) Dr. Rameshwar Singh, VC, BASU, Patna; Dr. R.C. Srivastava, VC, DRPCAU, Pusa and Directors of more than 10 ICAR Institutes.
Farmers’ scientist interaction meet was organized on every day. Scientists from ICAR institutes and SAUs answered the queries of the farmers.
Sixty five public and private sector organizations including ICAR Institutes, SAUs, KVKs, NGOs, cooperative societies, input supply agencies etc. put up their stall and displayed different products, technologies, live samplesfor the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders.
Nearly 6000 farmers, including members of FPOs, FIGs, entrepreneurs and other stake holders from different districts of Bihar, officials of state and central government , scientists of different ICAR institutes and SAUs participated in the three-day event.
(Source: ICAR-RCER, Patna & ATARI Zone-IV, Patna)