Mysore, 12 November, 2010
The first ever ‘National Farm Innovators Meet-2010’ organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was inaugurated by His Holiness Shri Shrivarathri Dehikendra Mahaswamiji on 12 November, 2010 at JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Suttur, Mysore District, Karnataka.
In his address, he expressed his happiness about the lead taken by the ICAR for giving the recognition to farmers. The ICAR may identify many more farm innovations from the farmers through its vast network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country in future.
Dr.S.Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR in his address profusely thanked the Indian farmers in various states of the country for their talents and innovative ideas which have ultimately led to the significant progress of Indian Agriculture. Further, he emphasized three ‘P’s-Profits, Prestige and Partnership are very much needed for progressive agriculture.
Dr.K.D.Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR briefed about the ‘National Farm Innovators Meet- 2010’ and read the Message of Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture.
Padmashri Dr.M.Mahadevappa, Director (Rural Development), JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore and Ex-Chairman (ASRB) welcomed the official dignitaries and innovative farmers. He expressed that this is only beginning and many more farm innovators to be identified and honored.
On this occasion, Innovators Exhibition was also inaugurated by His Holiness Swamiji in the presence of the official dignitaries and farmer delegates. Farmers displayed their innovations in the exhibition.
Around 200 farm innovators (innovative farmers) representing 25 states and 50 official dignitaries are participating in the Meet. A publication ‘Farm Innovators-2010’ was also released on the occasion presenting 139 farm innovations from across the country.
The deliberations will be conducted on 12- 13 November, 2010 under 8 thematic areas viz., crop improvement, crop production, crop diversification, crop protection, water management, farm machinery, live stock and fisheries management and Post harvest technology & value addition.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project of Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-VIII, Bangalore)