10th March, 2018, Karnal
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the ‘Golden Jubilee Rabi Kisan Mela’ organized by ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal here today. Shri Singh urged the farmers to remain in close contact of the scientists for enhanced farm profits. He encouraged the farmers to adopt sustainable crop intensification practices to enhance crop yields while arresting land degradation and saving water.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh further said present government has initiated many schemes such as Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav, Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana for the sustainable agricultural development in the country.
Agriculture Minister suggested that farmers of the region should place major focus on allied sectors like horticulture, dairy and fishery for handsome returns. He said that government has initiated many programmes to fast track the development and extension of farmer friendly technologies, high yielding varieties, processing and value addition, reform of agricultural markets and infrastructure development with aim to doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.
Shri Singh lauded the efforts of CSSRI in reviving the productivity of about 2 million ha barren salt-affected lands in different parts of country, and exuded confidence that untiring efforts will be made to bring additional salt-affected lands under cultivation.
Earlier, Dr. P. C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal, in his welcome address, briefed about the objectives of the Mela.
About 2500 farmers and school children, including about 300 women farmers participated in Kisan Mela.
The Mela showcased improved technologies for salinity management, crop diversification, integrated farming, horticultural crops, agroforestry and milk production. Free analysis of soil and water samples; exhibition of improved agricultural technologies developed by ICAR institutes, government agencies and private companies; sale of high yielding, salt tolerant seeds of rice, and Farmer-Scientist Goshthi were the main attractions of the Mela.
A total of 21 innovative farmers and other stakeholders were also felicitated on this occasion.
(Source: ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal)