17th September, 2021
As a part of the Curtain Raiser for the “International Year of Millets - 2023”, the ICAR Institutes pan India celebrated the “Poshan Vatika Maah Abhiyan” and carried out Tree Plantation Campaign” today.
ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute & Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
In his address, Dr. Eaknath B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI apprised about the importance of Poshan Month and the Millets’ role in providing the nutritional security.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Rajendra Pal, BDO, Ferrargunj, Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands outlined the importance of diet during the pregnancy and lactation for creating healthy generation.
The recipes made by the Millets and the Rangoli depicting the nutritious crops like Drumstick, Spinach, Dates, Makhana, Chilli, Bhendi, Aonla, Pulses, Red Amarthaus, Brinjal and Soybean, etc., were some of the attractions of the events.
The event was organized at ICAR-CIARI, Garacharma Research Complex and Krishi Vigan Kendras, South, North & Middle Nicobar covering all the three Districts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Shirish Upadhye, Dean, Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur, Maharashtra planted around 11 saplings in the Institute’s premises.
In her address, Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai briefed about the various nutritional components and importance of balanced diet for good health and all round development.
The Ginning Training Centre (GTC), ICAR-CIRCOT, Nagpur, Maharashtra also organized a Programme on “Distribution of 200 Vegetable Seeds packets to the Progressive Farmers and Healthy Foods to Girl Child” at Village Yerla, Near Nagpur.
About 50 farmers and 40 children, especially girls, attended the programme.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
The Institute organized a wide-array of different activities programmes to mark the celebrations of the day.
Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, ADG (Oilseeds & Pulses), ICAR; Dr. S.S. Tomar, Former Director, JNKVV, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and Dr. Nita Khandekar, Director, ICAR-IISR, Indore planted 100 Aonla Tress in the Institute’s premises.
In her address, Dr. Nita Khandekar urged the farmers for using the new varieties of Soybean and adopting the new techniques developed by the Institute.
The Kisan Diwas organized during the occasion registered participation by 100 farmers.
Around 100 Anola, Mausambi and Custard Apple Trees were also planted and 100 Vegetable Seed Packets distributed among the Villagers of Rayan Village, Dhar District.
ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa
The Institute and ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Goa organized the Campaign on Nutri-Garden and Tree Plantation Drive at Surla and Nagargaon Villages to celebrate the day.
In her address, the Chief Guest, Smt. Sulakshana Sawant, Social Worker & Spouse of Dr. Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister, Government of Goa emphasized on women and children health. She urged the women participants for increasing the intake of Millets in their daily diets.
Dr. Parveen Kumar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, Goa highlighted the importance of Millets as “Smart Food” and “Smart Crops” due to their nutritional superiority over rice & wheat and better climate resilience and hardiness.
The Programme was organized in collaboration with the IFFCO.
A total of 105 farm women attended the programme.
ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru, Karnataka
The Bureau organized the Tree Plantation Drive at Lakshmidevipura Village, Dodaballapura Taluka, Bengaluru Rural District, Karnataka.
The Chief Guest, Shri Muthu Krishnappa, Former President, Gram Panchayat delivered a Talk on the “Importance of Nutri-cereal”.
Around 125 Tree Saplings, viz., Mango, Guava, Tamarind, Papaya, Cherry, Dragon Fruit, Jamun, Jackfruit and Curry Plants were distributed among the farmers and 100 saplings were planted at the Bureau’s premises during the occasion.
Around 125 farmers and 80 children participated in the programme.
ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata
In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr. Nimai Chandra Pan, Former Director, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata stressed on the healthy food and its nutritional importance for every class of people in the society. He also briefed about the awareness programme initiated by the Central and State Government.
In his address, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata highlighted the importance of nutrition, especially, in children and women to build a “Samriddh and Swasth Bharat”. He also outlined the ICAR’s role in creating overwhelming awareness among the society.
A total of 75 participants including Heads of Divisions, Scientists, Senior Officials, Staff Members and Farmers participated in the programme.
The programme was organized as a part of the “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The Institute organized a Curtain Raiser Ceremony of the Programme on “International Year of Millets - 2023” today.
Prof. T.K. Behera, Director, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi outlined the role of nutri-cereals and vegetables on human health. Dr. Behera also distributed vegetable kitchen garden packets to the farmers and girl students for enhancing the nutritional security among the villagers, particularly, girls during the occasion.
The participants were also provided with the Millets based food items. Around 100 Saplings of Guava, Citrus and Papaya were planted in the Institute premises by the Institute’s Staff Members and Girl Students to mark the celebrations.
More than 100 Farmers and 71 Girl Students and Women participated in the programme.
ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata
The Institute celebrated the “Poshan Vatika Maah Abhiyan” and carried out the “Tree Plantation Drive” at the different villages, viz., Belle Shankarpur and Makaltala, Near ICAR-CRIJAF, Head Quarters, Kolkata and its Regional Stations at Burdwan and Sorbhog, Assam.
In his address, Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore urged the farmers to take care of self-nutrition and nutrition of the family that is important to prevent diseases and stay healthy. He also emphasized that fruits & vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. He stressed that the farmers must be aware of the sources of such nutritional fruits & vegetables and every household must maintain a nutritional garden.
The farmers were apprised about the importance of Poshan Vatika and plantation of fruit trees during the occasion.
A total of 124 farmers and 177 girls attended the programme.
ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
In his inaugural address, Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Director, ICAR- DCFR, Bhimtal outlined the importance of Nutri-cereals as a balanced diet and having a drought-resistant capacity that makes them suitable crops in the water scarce areas.
The Eminent Speaker, Prof. Archana Kushwaha, Department of Foods & Nutrition, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand delivered a Lecture on “Nutri-cereals and their role on human health”. She stated that the cereal products are nutrient-dense foods which provide protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals. Prof. Kushwaha also underlined the nutraceutical and health-promoting properties of the Millets.
Around 215 participants including 45 Women Fish Farmers from the different Districts of the region along with 71 Girl Students, Officials, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Fish Farmers and Stakeholders participated in the event.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
The Institute organized a one-day Campaign on Tree Plantation Drive at Shahpur-Kalyanpur, Vikasnagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Charan Singh, Head (Plant Science Division), ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun emphasized on the “Nutritional Values of Millets” as a component of the diet. He also encouraged the farmers to introduce the lesser-known fruit species in the agro-forestry based interventions in agriculture.
Around 100 Plants of Lemon and Papaya were distributed to 100 farmers of Boxa Tribal Families at Shahpur-Kalyanpur to create awareness about the nutritional security and natural resource conservation through the Plantation Drive during the occasion.
ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai
The Institute launched a novel initiative of “Student and Farmer Custodian” to mark the celebrations.
In his address, Dr. K.P. Jithendran, Director, ICAR-CIBA stressed on creating awareness among the public on health aspects of Millets.
The Institute carried out the Tree Plantation Drive at its Head Quarters and its Research Centres at Muttukadu, Kovalam (Tamil Nadu), Kakdwip (West Bengal) and Navsari (Gujarat).
A total of 191 tree saplings - Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Tamarind (Tamarindus indica), Jamun (Syzygium cumini), Cherry (Prunus avium), Almond (Prunus dulcis), Sweet Lime (Citrus limetta), Pomelo (Citrus maxima), Pomegranate (Punica granatum), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Mango (Mangifera indica), Athi (Ficus carica) and Guava (Psidium guajava), etc., were distributed to 171 farmers including 71 women of Tribal Self-Help Groups, 40 students, scientists and members of the Institute.
All the Scientists, Staff Members and Farmer Beneficiaries participated in the event.
(Source: Respective ICAR Institutes)