24th December 2016, Patna
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna organized a three-day workshop-cum- training programme (22 -24 December 2016) to provide information and training to farmers on improved agriculture implements and machinery.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare presided over the valedictory function. In his address, the Minister informed that Farm Machinery Resource Centre was established on 28th June 2016 at Patna with the mandate to make available improved farm equipments to farmers besides imparting training on their manufacturing, repair and maintenance. This unique facility has trained more than 100 farmers. The trained farmers can start microenterprises and provide employment in their respective locations.
He said it is the responsibility of manufacturers and Research and Development Organizations to make technologies available to the farmers. There is a need that academic and agricultural industry sector to collaborate and jointly formulates strategies for the coordination of activities in this direction, he added.
Shri Singh informed that the Government of India has given Rs. 9.01 crores during 2014-15 for the establishment of 126 custom hiring centers. During 2016-17, the government of India has sanctioned Rs. 14 crores for the establishment of 40 custom hiring centres, 02 high-tech centres and 229 farm machinery banks at village level.
He felicitated six progressive farmers from Patna and East Champaran district in the programme.
Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director of the Institute informed during the closing ceremony that there is a provision of establishment of custom hiring centre to make agricultural equipments available at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Buxar wherein the availability of agricultural instruments on rental basis to farmers will be ensured. It will help small farmers to complete agricultural operations on time.
During the 3 day workshop, working knowledge on use and maintenance of different instruments and tools used in agriculture such as tractor, zero till drill machine, weeder, power weeder, reaper etc. was given by subject matter experts of farm machinery. A total of 87 farmers from Patna and East Champaran district took part in this programme.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna)