7th April 2017, Kolkata
The first State Coordination Committee (SCC) Meeting for doubling farmers’ income in West Bengal was at ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Kolkata, Salt Lake, Kolkata today.
Dr. D. D. Patra, Vice- Chancellor, Bidhan Cnandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal, Chairman of the Committee emphasized on strategies for doubling the farmers’ incomes by increasing the cropping intensity per unit area per unit of inputs with the right combination of crops including animal husbandry and fisheries.. He suggested for the development of orchard with mango, litchi, cardamom etc in western part of West Bengal i.e. Bankura, Purulia, part of Burdwan, part of Birbhum where irrigation facility is almost nil. He also suggested for the restructuring of the marketing system of the agricultural commodities to provide minimum support price to the farmers. He emphasized on the development of agro-ecological zone specific, crop specific and the farmer centric technological modules in view of doubling the farmers’ income by March 2022 in West Bengal.
Dr. S K Roy, the Director, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata and Convener of SCC meeting, ,highlighted development of area specific technology modules along with all possible combinations for doubling income depending on various agro-ecological as well as different socio-economic conditions of the farming community. He underlined the needs of the approaches towards doubling the farmers’ incomes on diversification of crops, high-value commodities, integrated farming system (IFS), use of solar system in agriculture etc.
Prof. Purnendu Biswas, Vice- Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, emphasized on breed improvement through the production of superior quality bulls, production of superior quality semen along with the conservation of high valued animal genetic resources.. Pig farming could be the best option for the tribal farmers to augment income for livelihood, he added. He further suggested to adopt sustainable integrated cum-diversified climate resilient scientific livestock and fish farming practices for enhancing income of the farmers. He said that the production of organic manures and compost from the livestock waste could be an additional source of income.
Shri. Vineet Sharma, Director, Min. of Food Processing Industries, GOI, New Delhi, observed that food processing should be an integral part in agriculture and value addition to the farm produces could be the boon for the additional income of the farmers. He added that State Govt. should have their own food processing policies according to the availability of agricultural produces. Shri. Sharma briefed about schemes like RKVY scheme, Min. of Food Processing Industries, GOI etc. for food processing purposes.
Dr. K. Manoharan, Director, Directorate of Jute Dev., Min. of Agri. & FW, GOI, New Delhi, said there is a scope for increasing the rice fallow area for pulse production in West Bengal. He suggested to use improved seed variety for crop production. He also emphasized on marketing of agriculture produces as well as value added products.
Vice-Chancellor of State Agricultural Universities, Directors of ICAR Institutes and Senior Officials of State Government Departments, Scientists of ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata attended the meeting.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata)