23rd June 2017, Port Blair
ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute celebrated its 39th Foundation Day here today.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), Chief Guest, in his address lauded the yeoman services done by the Institute in research, development & extension. He stressed to honour and work dedicatedly to accomplish the mission of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, in doubling the income of the farmers by 2022. He further emphasised to select few feasible technologies which we may accomplish by 2022 covering complete Andaman & Nicobar Islands to see the impacts. He cited the example of providing soil health cards to around 14,000 registered farmers of the Island groups which can be accomplished with next 2-3 months.
He stressed upon to identify the bottlenecks which hamper the developmental processes, to explore the possibility of deep sea fishing with other institutes, to work on sea weeds, coral biota in collaboration with the mainland institutes and other departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, wherever required.
He urged the farmers to take up food processing entrepreneurship in association with the banking institutions like NABARD & other similar institutions. Speaking on the rich biodiversity available in this Island, he called upon to protect and study the potentials of the same so that the unexplored may be explored and future challenges of climate change can be mitigated. He concluded his speech by appreciating the energy of the farmers , their happiness and determination of the farmers.
Earlier he visited the stalls and witnesses the technological demonstration and exposition displayed by the Development Departments, NABARD, Cooperative Bank, NGOs like Yuva Shakti, ACANI, SHGs of NCUI, KVKs, Division of CIARI, Karen and Nicobari tribal community. Beside the innovations in the form of product and process were also seen by him. He expressed his happiness and interacted with the beneficiaries.
He also released books, bulletins and folders for the benefits of the farmers, youth, extension beneficiaries. On the occasion, scientists, officers, division, best farmers, and best innovators were felicitated by the chief guest for their meritorious contributions and commendable service.
Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-CIARI placed the coordination with the line departments to be of high order which has enabled ICAR-CIARI to reach the unreached benefitting the farmers, women, youth and other stakeholders of the Islands over the years.
Facilitation of Plant Genome Saviour Award to Karen and Nicobari tribals and adding of Regional Centre at Minicoy & KVK at Kavaratti at Lakshadweep was also stressed in his deliberation.
A large number of audiences representing from development departments, research, media, farmers from all three districts and staff attended the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute)