Mega Showcasing of Technologies and Innovations by ICAR
9th February 2014, Nagpur
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India inaugurated the Krishi Vasant-2014, an agricultural exposition at Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur here today as Chief Guest.
While delivering the inaugural address, Shri Mukherjee said that India has made tremendous progress in agriculture during the last ten years and we have the capacity to export food grains now. He, however, emphasized that improving the access of farmers to markets is critical to reduce farm wastages, control inflation and increase incomes. There is a need to encourage greater investment by organized logistics players, processors and retailers for developing markets under the PPP mode, he said.
The President said in a scenario of growing grain stocks and increasing production of high-value commodities, it is ironical for food inflation to continue for long periods. Shri Mukherjee called upon all stakeholders to make technologies and best practices accessible to farmers, especially small and marginal farmers. He stated that the agriculture extension network has to be galvanized to ensure prompt delivery of services to farmers. Krishi Vasant is the right platform to interact, deliberate and demonstrate what needs to be done to provide fillip to Indian agriculture, he added.
In his key note address, Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India highlighted some of the major and recent achievements of Indian agriculture, and credited hard working farming community for the accomplishments. Shri Pawar also informed the dignitaries and delegates that according to advance estimates of 2013-14, our food-grain production is estimated to touch 263 million tonnes which is a record production ever in India. Now, India is the largest rice exporter and second largest cotton, wheat and sugar exporter country in the world. While remembering the contributions of Late Shri Vasant Rao Naik, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the field of agriculture, he said that on the occasion of 100th birth centenary of this great visionary, Krishi Vasant is being organized as the biggest ever Kisan Mela and exhibition in the country.
Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, in his address stressed upon the need of more interventions in agriculture through science and technology to make India a global super power in agriculture and allied sectors. New agricultural innovations and best practices will be shared and displayed in the exhibition for farmers and other stakeholders, he added. He hoped that Krishi Vasant will prove to be a learning and educational platform for farming community.
Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Minister for Agriculture and Marketing, Government of Maharashtra and Shri S. Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) also presented their remarks on the occasion.
Shri Praful Patel, Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India; Shri Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Shri Anil Vasantrao Deshmukh, Minister of Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection, Government of Maharashtra; Shri Shivaji Rao Moghe, Guardian Minister of Nagpur District, Government of Maharashtra; and Shri J.S. Sahariya, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra also graced the occasion.
Earlier, Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India welcomed the dignitaries, participants and exhibitors.
Senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India; Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of Maharashtra and other line departments are participating in the event. A large number of farmers from across the country, foreign delegates, scientists, students and exhibitors have also joined and taking keen interest in this five-day (9-13th February, 2014) event.
ICAR is displaying its innovations, technologies and best practices through a especially created pavilion on the theme, Era of Resurgence in Agriculture. Around 80 ICAR institutes and 30 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) from different parts of country are displaying their S&T strength through attractive displays and products. Knowledge and Information products of ICAR are also on display and sale.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research released special issues of Kheti and Indian Farming dedicated to Krishi Vasant-2014. These periodicals are published by the Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA) of ICAR. He also released publications of Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
Krishi Vasant-2014 is being jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and Government of Maharashtra. Indian Council of Agricultural Research is a major stakeholder in the event.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)