March 3, 2009 Pantnagar
Vice-Chancellor Dr. B.S. Bisht inaugurated the 85 th All India Farmers' Fair and Agro-industrial Exhibition, popularly known as Kisan Mela, today. This four-day seminal event at the sprawling Gandhi Lawns of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology provides a platform for farmers, farm scientists, Agribusiness & Agro-industrial firms for sharing the experiences and information about latest agriculture technology. Honourable members of University's Board of Management, Shri Rajendra Pal Singh, Shri Kamlesh Shukla and Shri J.C. Belwal, besides senior officials and faculty members, were present on this solemn occasion.
Dr. Bisht, while inaugurating the farmers' fair, highlighted the focal theme of the fair as agriculture based industries including processing of horticultural crops and Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, besides themes of renewable sources of energy. He said that about 15000 farmers and another 15000 general visitors are expected to visit this farmers' fair. About 350 big and small agro-industrial and agribusiness firms have come for this fair including farm machinery, fertilizer, chemicals, seed, herbal and medicinal products. Reiterating university's concern on quality seeds, Dr. Bisht informed the audience that Pantnagar scientists will collect samples and check the quality of seeds and other agri-inputs being sold during the farmers' fair. He said that we will not let any company to cheat the farmers by offering sub-standard material during farmers' fair. Further, these firms will be black-listed and barred for future participation.
Earlier, Dr. K.R. Kanaujia, Director, Extension Education welcomed the guests, farmers and representatives of participating agro-industrial, firms and explained the purpose of farmers' fair and enlisted a number of activities to be organized during the period of farmers' fair. Shri K. Shukla, Shri Rajendra Pal Singh and Shri J.C. Belwal also expressed their views on various aspects of farming and emphasized the importance of this well known fair. Towards the end, Dr. D.P. Singh, Director Research of the university proposed vote of thanks.