9th to 12th January, 2020, Pune, Maharashtra
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune organized the three-day “Global Farmers - Live Demos, Agricultural Exhibition and Crop Conference” at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Narayangaon, Pune from 9th to 12th January, 2020.
In his inaugural address, Shri Dilipraoji Valse Patil, Minister of State for Excise & Labor, Government of Maharashtra emphasized on the latest knowledge and technology sharing. He urged for establishment of the Community Radio Station at the Centre in order to reach the farmers at the grassroots level. The Minister accentuated on making the efforts for combating the adverse effects of the climate change on the crop and animal husbandry.
Shri Atul Benke, MLA, Junnar emphasized on the promotion of direct marketing to get good price for the produces.
Smt. Ashatai Buchke, Member, Zila Parishad, Pune accentuated on the diagnostic services at the field level.
While addressing the farmers on the present status and future prospects of sugar industries, Shri Shaikhar Gaikwad, Commissioner of Sugar, Maharashtra highlighted about the benefits that the sugarcane growers will get due to the cancellation of gate cane terms.
Dr. Dhananjay Parkale, Additional Commissioner, Dairy & Veterinary, Government of Maharashtra outlined the opportunities present in the dairy industry. His accentuated on the establishment of processing industries, center for improved breeds of animals and cluster development for particular breeds.
During the Grapes Crop Conference, Dr. S.D. Sawant, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, District Ratnagiri accentuated on the adoption of the export oriented varieties of grapes for competing with the international market. He urged the farmers for adopting the technologies of grapes production under the polythene cover.
Dr. R.G. Somkuwar, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Grapes, Pune underlined about the export qualities of grapes and bunch management technology during the winter season.
In his valedictory address, Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR expressed his concern on extending the diagnostics, quality input and advisory services to the farmers. Dr. Singh emphasized on the replication of the different models of integrated farming systems, protected cultivation, precision farming, horticulture nursery, processing & value-addition and agro-based enterprises among the farmers to enhance their income.
The Deputy Director General urged the farmers for adopting the cluster farming with proper planning. He accentuated on the promotion of the technology of low cost wire rope net house among the farming community. Dr. Singh appreciated the effort of converting about 300 tribal women in to Bee Keeping Entrepreneurs.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune highlighted the need to attract and retain the rural youth in agriculture, develop entrepreneurship, farming system nutrition, tap un-noticed farmers’ innovations, showcase the latest crop varieties and models at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Dr. Singh urged the farmers to be vigilant about the incidences of insect-pest on crops, soil health and market avenues.
Krishi Ratna, Shri Anil Meher, Chairman, Gramonnati Mandal, Narayangaon, Pune outlined about the different demonstration units created at the Centre like technology cafeteria, backyard poultry, production & supply of urea briquette, bio-fertilizers, silage making, hydroponics, azolla, protected cultivation, etc.
The senior officials of State Government Departments and ICAR Institutes were also present during the occasion.
Around 90,000 farmers and other extension officials visited 180 exhibition stalls on different aspects put up by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Department of Agriculture, ATMA, NHB, NABARD, RCF Ltd. FPOs and ICAR Institutes, etc.
A total of 15 Innovative Farmers, Extension Workers and Journalists were also awarded for their outstanding contributions in the agricultural development.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)