Imphal, 6 February, 2012
A three day CAU Agri-Fair, 2012 was formally inaugurated on 19th January, 2012 by His Excellency, the Governor of Tripura Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil at Agartala to apprise the farming community of NEH Region and other stakeholders in agriculture and allied sectors on the theme ‘Enhanced livelihood through ecosystem based sustainable farming’. His Excellency emphasized that the NEH Region has been gifted by nature with tremendous biodiversity and widely varying agro-climatic conditions. He stressed on the need for quality seeds, irrigation, power, machinery and implements, fertilizers and credit at affordable prices in adequate quantity for farmers and to provide appropriate price and trade policy mechanism to enhance farmer’s income.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) Indian Council of Agricultural Research speaking as the Guest of Honour, stated that ICAR is taking initiatives for strengthening KVKs in the country during XII Five Year Plan. He stressed on technology backstopping, drudgery reduction through custom hiring of implements, farm mechanization, secondary agriculture, water security, market linkage etc. and highlighted the need for coordinated efforts to develop roadmap on fishery development for all the KVKs of North-Eastern Region.
Dr. SN. Puri, The Vice-Chancellor of Central Agricultural University, Imphal who presided over the inaugural ceremony reiterated the major achievements of the University and remarked hill agriculture as challenging due to difficult terrain, and emphasized that it is very difficult to attract rural youth to agriculture in the present era of development. Water harvesting, organic farming, protected cultivation of high value crops, integrated farming system, primary processing, efficient transportation, market linkage and conserving natural resources were mentioned as key for the development of hill agriculture.
Hon’ble First Lady of Tripura, Smt. Pusphalata D. Patil and Shri Haricharan Sarkar, MLA also graced the function as Guests of Honour and spoke on the occasion and appreciated the good work being carried out in the University. Three NE farmers were honoured with cash awards in recognition of their innovative ideas/interventions. An ‘Agri-Exhibition’ was also organized in which 25 different Research Organizations, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, State development departments, agricultural input supply agencies and nationalized banks showcased their technologies/products/services through professionally managed exhibition stalls for the benefit of visiting farmers. Different shows and competitions on vegetable, flower, dog, cultured fish etc. were the attraction of visiting farmers. About 1,250 progressive farmers from 6 (six) north-eastern states participated in Farmers-Scientists Interaction and altogether 245 questions/queries on different subjects i.e., Fisheries (52), Agronomy (48), Fruits & Vegetables (46), Plant Protection (44), Veterinary & A.H. (36), Floriculture (8) and Miscellaneous (11) were replied by the concerned scientists. During the Fair, paddy seeds, chicks, fingerlings and fish feeds were distributed to selected farmers and Souvenir, Farm Magazine and Compendium on Farm equipment and Technologies suited for Hill Agriculture were released by the Chief Guest.
(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization with inputs from CAU, Imphal)