4th February, 2019, Ranchi
The three-day long “State Level Agro-Tech Fair” organized by Birsa Agriculture University and ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), Ranchi at BAU campus, Ranchi concluded today.
The fair was organized in association with the ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (ICAR-IIAB); Regional Stations of ICAR-Research Complex for Eastern Region, Research Centre (ICAR-RCER RC); National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) and Central Rain-fed Upland Rice Research Station (CRURRS), Hazaribagh from 2nd to 4th February - 2019.
Hon'ble Governor of Jharkhand, Smt Droupadi Murmu, in her valedictory address accentuated on disseminating the technological intervention through extension functionaries for the quick benefit at grassroots level. She also urged the scientists for adopting the villages for demonstrating the technology in the farmers’ fields.
While welcoming the Chief Guest Dr KK Sharma, Director, IINRG in his address threw light on the role of ICAR research Institutes for increasing productivity and dwelt on the potential of Eastern States especially Jharkhand in bringing second green revolution to the region. He emphasized on the integrated farming system particularly agro-forestry and lac cultivation in the rain-fed agro-ecosystem of the state.
Earlier, the Mela was inaugurated by Shri Randhir Kumar Singh, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand. He mentioned that the Jharkhand state has registered 19 per cent growth in agriculture sector during last four years that accounts to be the highest in the country. He also applauded the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) for its research works and training activities.
Shri Randhir also stated that the collective efforts of the farm scientists, farmers and policy and infrastructural support from the state government and for the record increase in rice production in the state have led Jharkhand to be nominated by the Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare for “Krishi Karman Award - 2018”.
The Guest of Honour, Dr. Jitu Charan Ram, Member of Legislative Assembly highlighted the recent farmer welfare schemes of central and state governments.
In his welcome speech, BAU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal informed about the adoption of at least one village by 24 Krishi Vigyan Kendras for developing it as a model village by implementation of the recommendations that are enumerated in the strategic document prepared by the Jharkhand State Coordination Committee for Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022.
The Guest of Honour for the second day of the fair, Shri Ram Tahal Choudhary, Member of Parliament, Ranchi urged the farmers for minimizing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and promoting the organic farming.
During the fair, an impressive exhibition displaying the various technology products and services in 11 thematic stalls - integrated farming system, crop production & diversification, post harvest technology & value addition, natural resource management, organic farming, ICT, etc., was also organized.
The occasion also organized a Mahila Kisan Ghosti that registered the participation by experts of various organizations namely ICAR-IINRG, BAU, RCER RC, IIAB and CRURRS, Hazaribagh for providing the on the spot solutions for the problems being faced by farmers.
A total of 25,000 farmers including lac growers, women farmers, entrepreneurs, rural youth and officials from the line departments registered their participation in the fair.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi)