22nd June 2017, Garacharma, Port Blair
A two-day Island Kisan Mela and Farm Innovators’ Meet organized by ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute , Port Blair on the theme ‘Value Addition & Marketing of Agri. & Agro Products’ was inaugurated here today.
The main objective of this mela was to provide a platform for technology sharing between the researchers, development Department, farmers and the stakeholders from North & Middle District, South Andaman and the Nicobar District besides providing an opportunity to school children to interact with scientists to inculcate scientific temperament.
Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-CIAR, said A & Islands is a bio-diversity hotspot and it is the responsibility of every Islander to preserve and conserve the natural resources of these Islands. He also informed that A & N Administration is working in close coordination with ICAR-CIARI in finding solutions to the problems faced by the farming communities in A & N Islands. He threw light on the various successful research activities carried out by the Institute for the welfare of Isles farmers and have fetched them national level awards.
Dr. J. Chandra Shekar, Director Fisheries highlighted about the need for blue revolution in Isles. He also spoke about the schemes available for the farmers of A & N Islands pertaining for fresh water fish rearing and urged them to come forward and make use of the schemes for improving their value addition.
Dr. Gupta, Sr. Veterinary Officer from AH & VS, emphasized the need for farmers to be trained in value addition and marketing of agri and agro products. He also briefed about the schemes being implemented by Department of AH & VS and its various initiatives for increasing the production in poultry, meat and milk items.
Dr. G.S. Pandey, Director, Agriculture (i/c) stressed on the need for switching to organic farming besides integrated farming system.
The dignitaries also released publications & fliers and agro products for the benefit of the farmers on the occasion.
As many as 20 stalls was set up in the mela, which include Development Departments, SHGs, Bankers, NGOs, input suppliers and different division of ICAR-CIARI and KVKs, showcasing their activities for the benefit of the farmers. Special stalls for display of exquisite tribal food from Karen & Nicobari communities were also set up.
A Farmer-scientists interaction, screening of movies on technologies for livelihood in agriculture and allied fields, display of innovative products and technologies beside cultural evening were also organized.
Around 685 farmers on 1st day and around 545 on the day two from North & Middle Andaman, South Andaman and Nicobar district participated the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute , Port Blair)