Tharwar (Mal), Lucknow, 22 March, 2012
Dr. M. S. Aulakh, Vice Chancellor, Manyavar Shri Kanshi Ram University of Agriculture and Technology, Banda inaugurated the “Showcasing of Agricultural Technologies and Media Meet” here today. While inaugurating the event as chief guest, Dr Aulakh highlighted the need of enhancing awareness and knowledge empowerment of farming community.
He shared his experiences on working with and for farmers and also emphasized upon success stories of farmer groups across the India & abroad. He suggested formation of non-political farmers’ organization to bring their demands on forefront.
Dr. Bangali Baboo, National Director, National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), chaired the inaugural session and cited cases of farmers’ innovations which need wide scale dissemination through mass media modes. He also urged farmers to join their hands together and move forward for their cause.
Dr T. P. Trivedi, Project Director, Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, ICAR, highlighted the objectives and major achievements of the NAIP sub project ‘Mobilizing Mass Media for Sharing Agro-Information’, under which the event is organized.
Dr H. Ravishankar, Director, Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture in his welcome address, presented the national scenario of Indian Agriculture stressing that diversification in agriculture leads to minimization of risk, assured income and livelihood security and assured all support to farmers from CISH for enhancing profitability in horticulture.
Dr S. A. H. Abidi, former-member Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Dr J. K. Jena, Director, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Sri Insram Ali, President, Mango Growers Association of India, Lucknow, Sh Bhupendra Singh, former-Director, National Horticulture Board, Sh. Atul Kumar Singh, ex-pradhan and progressive mango grower, Thawar village Panchayat also graced the occasion.
Farmers’ queries on mango cultivation were answered by experts during Scientists-Farmers Interaction.
More than 500 farmers and students participated and 35 stalls put up from government organizations, NGOs, farmers and entrepreneurs.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization)