Shri M. J. Akbar, Union Minister of State for External Affairs visits KVK Port Blair

20 June 2018

Shri M.J. Akbar, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, visited KVK, South Andaman, Sippighat and ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair for reviewing the working of KVKs – South Andaman and North &Middle Andaman under CIARI today. During an interaction at ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair,  he briefed about  various welfare schemes/ yojana of the Government of India.He said, the Prime Minister, Shri NarendraModi's vision for ‘Doubling the Farmer's Income by 2022', is aimed at uplifting the farmers, who are the backbone of the country's economy. Enumerating the various schemes launched by the Government viz. PMJDY, PMBY, MUDRA scheme, Health Insurance schemes etc. the Minister reiterated that the Govt. is committed towards the welfare of the citizens. The Minister also highlighted about various self-employment schemes and opportunities available for women and urged them to come forward and embrace these schemes. The Minister, while reviewing the working of KVKs under CIARI, remarked that every department should maintain a calendar of events along with the target dates, so that the objectives and mission of the works/projects are achieved within the stipulated time. He urged scientists to reach out to the farmers and the rural populace and apprise them about various agricultural related schemes as well as other pro-people schemes which are being implemented by the Government for the welfare of the people.

Later, the Minister planted a sapling in the campus and visited the Instructional Farm on IFS at KVK, SippighatThe Minister also visited the 'DweepKrishiDarpan' at the Administrative building.

Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair presented the mission, vision, objectives, activities, milestone achievements and the way forward of CIARI.

Farmers from the South Andaman highlighted various issues pertaining to availability of land, proper implementation of insurance schemes for farmers and marketing support.Farmers from various parts of the Islands also raised issues related to land mutation, irrigation, marketing support, cold storage, transportation challenges, proper implementation of Agricultural schemes for farmers, availability of bio fertilizers and pesticides besides other agricultural related issues.

The Heads of KVKs of South Andaman and North &Middle Andaman, presented the mission, vision, mandates and achievements of the respective KVKs

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute Kolkata, ICAR-Central Islands Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair and KVK Port Blair)