March 3, 2011, New Delhi
Shri Harish Rawat, Hon'ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, today inaugurated Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela on the theme "Enhanced Productivity and Income Through Farm Technologies" at IARI, Pusa New Delhi. In his presidential address, Sh. Rawat told about the efforts of central government to enhance the agricultural productivity and for the benefit of the farmers. He further informed that the Govt. has outlayed additional one lakh crore rupees for current financial year for agriculture. He also warned the farmers and scientists regarding the major challenges of farm productivity including the climate change and globalization.
The Director of the Institute, Dr. H.S. Gupta told the highlights of the mela. He enumerated that Mela will be of great attraction in respect of purchase of seeds, agricultural equipments, knowledge of farm technologies, facilities of soil and water testing and agro-advisory services. The Institute is organising this mela annually since 1972 and more than lakh of farmers get benefitted.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR, New Delhi showed his concern on the challenges of agriculture and told prepared of scientists in respect of climate change, decreasing production, fragmentation of land, farmers dissentient etc. He expected farmers initiative for taking up the agricultural challenges and boost the farm production. He also stressed to make green revolution to ever-green revolution and the scientists and farmers contribution in achieving it.
Dr. K. Vijayaragavan, Jt. Director (Extension) of the Institute delivered vote of the thanks. On this occasion thousands of farmers were present alongwith the scientists, officers, employees, farm entrepreneurs, ICAR Institutes etc.