1st March, 2020, New Delhi
“The hard work of ICAR scientific community and farmers has yielded the visible results in achieving the self-sufficiency in foodgrains production in the country”, said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare today. Shri Tomar was addressing the inaugural session of “Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela - 2020” being organized at the ICAR-IARI Mela Grounds, New Delhi from 1st to 3rd March, 2020. The Minister accentuated on encouraging and attracting more youths to adopt the agriculture as their career options and livelihood. Shri Tomar stressed on promoting the concept of kitchen gardens that can be built at one’s home also. He urged for organizing the farmers’-scientists’ meets to enable the farmers to be aware about the new and latest agricultural technological developments. The Minister also highlighted about the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations.
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare emphasized on organizing the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela at the pan India level. The Minister highlighted about the Government’s farmers’ welfare schemes namely - Kisan Samman Nidhi that aims to empower and uplift the farmers of the country. He also urged to advertise about such events at the zonal levels as well.
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare applauded the scientists of ICAR for developing the quality of foodgrains that have helped to achieve the self-sufficiency. This has enhanced the exports of the various varieties. The Minister highlighted about the Government of India’s various schemes and the setting-up of around 10,000 Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) highlighted about the incorporation of the Green Revolution Movement from the premises of ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. The Director General applauded the scientists for developing the new and latest farmers’-friendly technologies that are beneficial for the farming community. He also emphasized on the ICAR’s scientists’ and experts’ efforts to eradicate the problem of malnutrition in the society. Dr. Mohapatra accentuated on the Institute’s initiatives to promptly deal with the problems of climate change, minimize the wastage of water in irrigation and maintain the soil health and enhance the crops’ productivity.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR briefed about the Mela.
Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR highlighted about the development of bio-fortified varieties by the ICAR Institutes. He also emphasized on the various crops varieties released by the Institute that aims to help the country to be self-sufficient in the foodgrains production.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-IARI along with Dr. J.P. Sharma, Joint Director (Extension) ICAR-IARI and senior officials of ICAR were also present during inaugural session.
The three-day Mela will display the live demonstration of Rabi crops, protected cultivation of vegetables and flowers, exhibition and sale of farm equipments developed by ICAR-IARI and other Institutes and private companies, sale of seeds and plants of improved varieties, free testing of soil and water samples, etc. The participating farmers and the visitors will be provided with the free health check-up during the Mela.
A total of 39 innovative farmers and 5 fellow farmers will be awarded during the Mela.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi)