Pre-Kharif Farmers Meet at ICAR-NRRI

3rd June 2016, Jajpur, Odisha

The ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack organized a “Pre-Kharif Farmers Meet” under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in the adopted village Ramthenga of Danagadi block, Jajpur, Odisha today.

Pre-Kharif Farmers Meet at ICAR-NRRIPre-Kharif Farmers Meet at ICAR-NRRI

Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, in his address, highlighted the major objectives of the TSP in bridging the gap between tribal and non-tribal dominated areas of the country and bringing the tribal people to the mainstream of development process through skill development. He inaugurated the Ramthenga “Farm Inputs Users’ Association” (FIUA) formed under the TSP through Gram Sabha and handed over 34 agricultural implements procured under TSP to the FIUA for demonstration and use by association members. He also distributed paddy seed minikits of newly released NRRI varieties to all the tribal farmers and farm women for demonstration.

Earlier, Smt. Sumitra Jamuda, Sarpanch of the local Gram Panchayat and Sri Budan Singh Jamuda, Village Chief conducted a Gram Sabha to unanimously elect a 13-member Executive Body of the FIUA.

A farmers-scientists interaction and feedback session was organized to understated and address the problems and issues concerning agricultural production and productivity of the village. Later, an action plan was finalized to undertake various demonstrations and on-farm trials and capacity building programmes in ensuing kharif session.

Over two hundred tribal farmers and farmwomen of the village attended the meet apart from scientists & staff of the institute associated with this programme, and staff of the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS).

(Source: ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack)