To strengthen the farmers of North East region of India, a program on Listen to Farmers: North-East Farmer Innovator’s Meetwas organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes, Zone-VI and Zone-VII in collaboration with ICAR-NOFRI, Gangtok during April 20-21, 2018 at ICAR-NOFRI, Tadong, Gangtok.
Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) in his inaugural address highlighted the importance of Farm Innovation. He urged the farmers to adopt the latest technoloies developed by ICAR Institutes and SAUs/ CAUs so as to double the farm income by 2022. He also briefed about different Flagship programs of ICAR viz. ARYA, Farmers FIRST, NARI, VATICA etc. Dr Singh also conferred awards to ten progressive farmers of the region for their farm innovations.
Dr. Prabhu Kumar, Ex. Director, ICAR-ATARI’, while addressing the gathering appreciated the efforts of the farmers for their innovations and called upon the farmers to utilize therir farm resources for doubling their income. He stressed upon the role of PPV&FRA for registration of the farmer’s varieties.
Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director, ATARI- VII, Umiam, Meghalaya in his address highlighted the objective of the Farm Innovators meet. He appraised that the activities being undertaken by the individual Krishi Vigyan Kendra for the promotion of newer techniques for doubling the farmers’ income.
Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Guwahati briefed about the latest technologies developed/ popularised by different KVKs of the region and appreciated the farmers for enhancing the production of pulses and oilseeds in the region.
About 40 Farm Innovators from the North Eastern Sates participated in the program. 18 farmers made their presentations on various innovations based on their practical experiences with demonstration
(Sources: ICAR-ATARI, Umiam, ICAR-ATARI, Guwahati and ICAR-NOFRI, Gangtok)