“Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan” organized

4th July, 2022, Barrackpore

“There is a huge scope of natural fibres like Jute, Mesta, Sisal, Flax, Ramie and Sunnhemp, etc., to create the self-employment opportunities and make clean and green India, said Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare. The Minister inaugurated the Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan organized by the ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata here today.

“Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan” organized  “Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan” organized

The Minister expressed his concerns over the deteriorating conditions of the environment due to the climate change & continuous use of chemicals, synthetics and plastics. He stated that the multiple use of plastics and synthetics have caused major problems as they block the drainage channel, pollute the water bodies and reduce the soil’s natural fertility.

“Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan” organized  “Field Day-cum-Kisan Sammelan” organized

Shri Choudhary accentuated on the ban on use of plastics by the Government of India in a phase manner. He underlined the increase in the export of Jute and Jute-based products in the recent years due to huge demand of biodegradable fibres in the western countries.  The Government of India’s Policies like “Compulsory Jute Packaging Act”, “Ban single use plastics” and “Revision of minimum support price of Jute every year” along with the launching of Schemes like “Kisan Samman Nidhi”, “Agriculture Infrastructure Fund” were outlined in his address.

The Minister urged the Scientists for disseminating the viable Jute and allied fibre farming technology through the literature and the videos on agro-technology within the farming community in local languages for their better understanding.

Earlier welcoming the dignitaries, Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore briefed about the various research, development and extension activities of the Institute for the popularization of the improved Jute cultivation practices and Jute-based Micro-Enterprises in rural areas for socio-economic development of Jute farmers.

Around 250 farmers, farm women and Self-Help Group Members and Institute’s Staff Members participated in the event.

(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata)