12th August, 2019, Jodhpur
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare inaugurated the newly constructed Administrative Building of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur today.
The Minister emphasized upon conserving the preferred varieties of moth bean, mung bean, bajra, etc., in the coming years and making the agriculture as a business model. Shri Choudhary urged the farmers to include the horticulture (vegetable, fruits & flowers) for enhancing the income. He stressed on the income security as well as livelihood security to be addressed by the scientific organizations, especially, ICAR and State Agricultural Universities.
Shri Choudhary highlighted the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to form 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisations for augmenting the income of small and marginal categories of farmers. Shri Choudhary also visited the different stalls put by Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Rajasthan.
Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur highlighted the major achievements of 63 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Rajasthan, Haryana & Delhi. He also briefed the programme-wise highlights for the farming community’s benefits. Dr. Singh also presented the way forward and road map for the augmentation of income, nutritional and livelihood security. He stressed upon executing the Government of India’s initiative of “Doubling Farmers’ Income by the Year - 2022”.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur highlighted the technologies developed by CAZRI, Jodhpur, particularly on Natural Resource Management for the arid zone of Rajasthan. He also emphasized upon including the pulses under the different cropping systems for enhancing the soil fertility as well as nutritional security.
Dr. P.K. Rai, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Bharatpur underlined the mustard research’s achievements for the farming community’s benefits.
Dr. Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer briefed about the importance seed spices in the human diet. He also presented the different technological packages of Cumin for the higher productivity in Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaisalmer and Barmer Districts of Rajasthan.
Dr. A. Sahoo, Director, ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar outlined the Avisan breed of sheep to get the higher remuneration per year basis. He also briefed about the changing scenario of the sheep population and their migration to Telengana and Andhra Pradesh.
The KVKs - Tonk, Jaipur-I, Bhilwara-I, Udaipur-I, Barmer-I & II & Jodhpur-I displayed the various exhibits (live and alive) for the farming community’s benefits during the event.
More than 500 farmers from 11 Districts of Rajasthan participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur)