23rd September 2017, Jodhpur
Shri G.S. Shekhawat, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated Kisan Mela and Agriculture Innovation Day at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur today. He stressed upon doubling of farmers’ income by 2022 and further mentioned that improving agricultural productivity by adopting new and innovative technologies developed by CAZRI and elsewhere would play a catalytic role. Shri Shekhawat emphasized to place a high priority for enhancing resilience in arid agriculture in view of prevalent adverse agro-climatic conditions in western Rajasthan.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI briefed about the recent activities and achievements of the Institute He mentioned that promotion of water-efficient crops and modern methods of irrigation are must to sustain the agricultural growth in the region. He also emphasized that the country has produced 274 m tonnes of food grains and 287 m t of fruits and vegetables during the year 2016-17 and the country is the largest producer of milk in the world.
Dr. Balraj Singh, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University, Jodhpur and Dr. NV Patil were the Special Guests. They appreciated the remarkable efforts of the institute in demonstration, transfer and upscaling of improved technologies in a challenging production environments of arid areas.
Dr. G.L. Keshwa, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University, Kota; Dr. P.S. Rathore, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University, Jobner and Dr. A.K. Gehlot, Former Vice Chancellor of RAJUVAS, Bikaner, Dr. Arun Tomar, Director, CSWRI, Avikanagar; Dr. A.K. Rai, Director, DRMR, Bharatpur, Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ATARI, Jodhpur; Sh. Gaur, Cairn Energy, Barmer and Sh. Thanvi, General Manager, NABARD, were also expressed their views on this occasion.
Seven farmers (Captain Babu Khan, Babu Lal Suthar, Vijay Singh, Ram Chander, Gordhan Singh, Govind Ram and Mala Ram) were recognized CAZRI Kisan Mitra in acknowledgement of their significant contribution in adoption and upscaling of agricultural improved technologies. Farmers producing best crops of pearl millet, mungbean, mothbean and clusterbean were also awarded.
A ‘Scientist-Kisan Sangoshthi’ was organized in which more than 100 farmers’ queries were addressed by experts and several farmers also shared their experiences of undertaking modern agriculture to further enhance their income.
Exhibitions showcasing agricultural technologies suitable for drier regions were put up..
More than 3000 farmers including 900 women farmers from Western Rajasthan participated in the event.
(Source: at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur)