06th December, 2013
A two-day (6-7th December, 2013) Showcasing of Agricultural Technologies 2013 was organized at ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna.
Dr. Mangala Rai, Agricultural Advisor to Chief Minister of Bihar and former Director General, ICAR inaugurated the exhibition. In his inaugural address, Dr. Rai emphasized upon the employment generation and income enhancement through agri-based enterprises. He stressed upon processing, storage, marketing and value addition of farm produce for better return. Dr. Rai also visited showcasing of improved and innovative agricultural technologies by different organizations.
Dr. H.C. Bhattacharya, Director (Extension Education), Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat speaking as Guest of Honour complimented organizers for organizing such important event for the benefit of the farming community, especially from eastern region of India.
A women graduate entrepreneur from a tribal village of Assam, Mrs. Chitralekha Das Tumung was the special invitee during the inaugural session. Mrs. Tumung is associated with poultry and piggery farming and provides employment to 10 women folk.
Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR-RC for Eastern Region, Patna briefed about the importance of the event organized for the first time involving farmers and entrepreneurs from seven states of the Eastern India. Dr Bhatt further described that the programme has two major focuses- first to expose the farmers and entrepreneurs to the latest agricultural innovations and development and secondly sharing of experiences and success stories of innovative agri-entrepreneurs.
Earlier, Dr. Ujjwal Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-RC for Eastern Region, Patna and Co-ordinator of the programme welcomed the dignitaries and participants.
The representatives of IRRI and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation also visited the exhibitions and addressed the farmers and entrepreneurs on the occasion
Scientists, farmers, farmwomen and agri-entrepreneurs from Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar participated in the showcasing. Seventy farmers and agri-entrepreneurs from the eastern states were also felicitated for their significant contribution in the field of agriculture and allied sector.
Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat; Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour; BIAF, Bihar; Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia; KVKs of Ambala, Patiala and Ludhiana; and seventeen ICAR institutes and their centres (NIRJAFT, Kolkata; DWM, Bhubaneswar; DRWA, Bhubaneswar; CPRS, Patna; CIBA, Kakdwip; CNRG; Mathura; IARI Regional Centre, Pusa; CHES, Bhubaneswar; NDRI Eastern regional centre, Kalyani; CRIJAFT, Barracpore; IVRI Regional Centre, West Bengal; CIFRI, Barrackpore; DSR, Mau; IIVR, Varanasi; NIRG, Ranchi; DKMA, New Delhi and ICAR-RC for ER, Patna) participated and showcased promising and innovative technologies and products.
More than one thousand farmers, farmwomen, entrepreneurs, extension workers, development functionaries from different parts of eastern region participated and shared their rich experiences during the function.
The programme was jointly organized by ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna and Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), ICAR, New Delhi under the NAIP subproject ‘Mobilizing Mass Media Support for Sharing Agro-Information’.
(Source: ICAR-RC for Eastern Region and NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA)