8th May, 2017, Jhansi
ICAR- Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi celebrated its 29th Foundation Day on 8th May, 2017.
Shri Chandrika Prasad Upadhyay, MLA, Chitrakootdham Karwi (U.P.) was the Chief Guest of the function. Shri Upadhyay, in his foundation day lecture he highlighted the development of downtrodden farmers by transferring the agricultural and agroforestry technologies at their field. He urged the scientists to undertake research which is pro-active, anticipatory, problem-solving, result-oriented & farmer participatory in approach and in a network mode. He emphasized on protection and optimum utilization of natural resources as well as diversification of production in Bundelkhand region while working with farmers and solving the problems in real field situations.
Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, Special guest appreciated the contributions made by the CAFRI. He said Integrated Farming System (IFS is the only alternative to double the income of farmers.
Er. Anil Srivastava, Prantiya Sah-karyawah, RSS, Kanpur, Special guest said that benefits of research should be visible at farmers’ field. He emphasized that we should not be self-centered but have to work for society and farmers.
Dr. Kapil Singh, secretary SPANDAN, New Delhi, Special guest said that there is need of more extension activities for the benefit of farmers.
Dr. O.P. Chaturvedi, Director, ICAR-CAFRI, Jhansi briefed about salient achievements and new initiatives of the Institute during 2016. He mentioned about the sustainable development, ecosystem services and rural livelihood issues in agroforestry. He emphasized the Institute activities being taken in adopted villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme.
On the occasion a farmers’ workshop entitled “Doubling the income of Bundelkhand farmers by natural resource management and alternative land use systems” was also organized. The workshop was organized in collaboration with World Agroforestry Centre, South Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, SPANDAN, New Delhi, ISAF, Jhansi and ICAR-CAFRI, Jhansi. About 165 participated in the workshop.
Six progressive farmers including one women farmer were honoured for adopting agroforestry technologies and setting example for other farmers in the Bundelkhand region.
An exhibition was also organized in which ICAR institutes, KVKs and Line Departments of Jhansi (U.P.) and Datia (M.P.) showcased their technologies and products for the benefit of farmers. Seven publications were released during the occassion.
In this event scientists and officers from State line-departments, KVKs, NGOs, IGFRI, Jhansi, IISWC, Datia and NABARD were also presnt.
(Source: ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi)