17th March 2013, Katihar
Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India inaugurated Kisan Mela-cum-Flower show on 17th March, 2013 at Rajendra Stadium, Katihar, Bihar. While delivering his address as Chief Guest, Shri Anwar emphasized upon providing technology support at the doorstep of the farmers and creating a viable network for exchange of information as and when farmers require. He highlighted ongoing programmes on agriculture and urged the farmers to take benefit out of it. Shri Anwar also visited the horticulture show and various stalls put up in the exhibition by 17 ICAR institutes, KVKs of Kosi Region, Bihar, Agricultural University, NGOs and private companies.
Shri Nikhil Kumar Chowdhary, Member of Parliament, Katihar constituency, all the Members of State Legislative Assembly of Katihar Region, Vice Chancellor of Bihar Agricultural University, Zonal Project Director, Zone- II, Kolkata, Head of District Administration, Katihar and senior officials of ICAR were also present on the occasion.
A special demonstration of farm tools and machineries was also organized with subsidized sale counter for the farmer to purchase newer tools and implements. Display of technology and technological products were focal themes for the exhibition comprised of 80 stalls including mango sapling, processed makhana, seeds, handicrafts, value added food products and others. A team of experts from IVRI Izzatnagar, KVK Katihar and officials of District Animal Husbandry Department took part in an animal health camp organized at nearby adopted village for diagnosis of animal diseases.
This two-day event was jointly organized by ICAR, SAU, KVK and State Department. The programme meant for creating mass awareness among the farmers of Katihar and other adjoining districts as well as make technological products available to them at a common place.
(Source: ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata)