DMAPR, Anand, 16th February, 2013
Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR), Anand in collaboration with Central Institute for Arid Horticulture (CIAH), Bikaner organised Kisan Mela at the Central Horticultural Experimental Station (CHES), Godhra on 16th February, 2013.
Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), ICAR inaugurated the “ICAR technology showcasing event” and in his inaugural address highlighted need for growth in horticultural sector as it ensures nutritional as well as food security of the country. He said arid horticulture is highly remunerative and he urged farmers to see and learn how arid horticulture production and productivity can be increased from the innovative technologies of CHES Godhra.
Dr. A.R. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, presided the inaugural function and cited the success stories of grape, orange and mosambi cultivation by the farmers of Panchmahal district, Gujarat and urged farmers to practice value addition for better income.
Dr. Satyabrata Maiti, Director, DMAPR, Anand welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and conveyed the key purpose of the Kisan Mela, which is to showcase a large number of innovative agricultural technologies available with the ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities before farmers and entrepreneurs, which can change the present landscape of Indian agriculture by boosting production and productivity as well as agricultural growth in the country.
Dr. S.K. Sharma, in his address said that the tribal farmers should adopt high yielding varieties of arid horticultural crops developed by CHES, Godhra and urged to take services of KVK, Panchamahal which has been created by ICAR for the upliftment of tribal farmers of this region.
More than 700 farmers, entrepreneurs, and scientist participated in the event. Exhibition stalls from various ICAR institutes located in Gujarat, SAUs and KVKs were put up for technology showcasing. A scientist-farmer interaction and field visit were also arranged in which scientists interacted with the farmers, discussed and clarified the farm related queries.
The Kisan mela was organised under the ICAR’s World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project-Sub project on “Mobilizing Mass Media Support for Sharing Agro-Information” based at DMAPR, Anand.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DMAPR, Anand)