18th January, 2021, Baramati & Solapur
Shri Sharad Pawar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & Former Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the “KRUSHIK - Technology Week - 2021 - Live Demonstrations” today. The Technology Week is jointly being organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati, Maharashtra and ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, Maharashtra. The Technology Week will be held at the KVK Instructional Farm, Baramati and ICAR-NIASM, Baramati, Pune, Maharashtra till 24th January, 2021.
In his inaugural address, Shri Pawar urged to focus on the Millets and it’s processing as wheat and paddy yield is high, but the problem of marketing exists. He stressed on the need for processing of grains.
Shri Dadaji Dagdu Bhuse, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra underlined the planning of the Government of Maharashtra for establishing more than 5,500 nurseries. He stressed that out of this, 50% nurseries will be reserved for the women farmers. The Minister stated that all 4 State Agricultural Universities may come together with the KVK, Baramati, Maharashtra and replicate the Baramati Agriculture Model in the state.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) outlined the implementation of the Drought Action Network Programme in each District of India to manage any drought situation and natural calamities. The Director General emphasized on re-casting and modification of the District Contingency Plan. He stressed that the Drought Forecasting System is developed by the ICAR-CRIDA, but further data should be created. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that the experiences of NICRA may be useful.
Shri Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra; Shri Jayant Patil, Minister for Water Conservation, Government of Maharashtra; Shri Shankarrao Gadakh, Minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Government of Maharashtra along with the other senior officials of various Departments of Government of Maharashtra and ICAR Institutes also participated in the event..
This year, the KRUSHIK - Technology Week will focus on Live Demonstrations of agricultural technologies and machineries for farm mechanization, bullock-operated machineries, demonstration of millets, value-addition in pulses and oil seeds, use of hydro gel technology for maize, hydroponic and vertical farming, innovations hub, etc.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)