1st March 2012, New Delhi
Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India inaugurated the famous Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2012 (1-3rd March) at IARI Mela Grounds here today. While inaugurating the mela as Chief Guest, he emphasized the importance and utility of this event for the farming community through generation of awareness regarding new farm technologies.
Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Processing Industries and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India presided over the inaugural function and addressed the august gathering.
Dr. H.S. Gupta, Director, Indian Agriculture Research Institute welcomed the dignitaries and guests.
The Krishi Vigyan Mela (Agriculture Science Fair) initiated in the year 1972 continues to be a highly important annual event of the IARI for creating awareness about the latest agricultural technological developments and for receiving feedback from the agricultural community, which help in deciding the Institute’s future research strategy. This year, the theme has been kept as ‘Prosperity Through Innovative Farm Technologies’. Nearly one lakh farmers from different regions of the country visit the mela which has several attractions such as, free-of-cost soil and water testing; display and sale of farm equipments and machinery; sale of seeds of HYVs of crops, saplings and seedlings; and display and sale of agricultural books and periodicals.
ICAR has also put-up a stall for display and sale of its knowledge and information products in print and electronic mode.
Senior officials of the ICAR, IARI, Ministry of Agriculture and related organizations participated in the inaugural function.
(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)