25th September 2013, Modipuram
Project Directorate for Farming System Research, Modipuram, Meerut celebrated ‘Farm Innovators Day’ on 25th September, 2013.
In his inaugural address, Chief Guest Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM) highlighted the major problems of small holdings, decreasing farm productivity and income, depleting water table, high cultivation cost and declining interests of youths in agriculture. He emphasized upon the need of integrated farming system for increasing total farm productivity, livelihood security, waste recycling for decreasing the demand of external inputs.
Dr. Babu Ram, Director Extension, Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUAT), Meerut suggested scientist, extension worker and farmers’ collaboration in the development of location specific, need based and affordable agricultural technologies.
Dr. B. Gangwar, Project Director, PDFSR stressed upon the importance of integrated farming systems in changing farming scenario especially in the Green revolution belt. He expressed his concern over livelihood security of small and marginal farmers and took responsibility to carve out suitable farming system models for small and marginal farmer which comprise 86 percent of total farmers in India.
Shri Raj Kumar, a progressive farmer and ICAR awardee, suggested that conservation and judicious use of natural resources is the need of the time and more emphasis should be given to eco-friendly approaches of pest management.
Scientists from ICAR institutes, extension officials from state agricultural department, progressive farmers, NGOs and entrepreneurs participated in the meet. During the programme, field visit, agri-quiz and scientists-farmers interaction were also organized and best farmers were awarded.
Dr. Prem Singh, Principal Scientist and Coordinator of the programme proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)