23 January, Jabalpur
Directorate of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur organized a Kisan Mela-cum-Kisan Sangoshthi - 2012 on the occasion of its Foundation Day. Dr. Gautam Kallu, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, Jabalpur was the Chief Guest and Dr. AK Singh, eputy Director General (NRM), ICAR presided over the function. Dr. ARG Ranganatha, Director, DWSR welcomed the guests and invited farmers.
During the inaugural function, Dr. Kallu appreciated the ongoing research programmes taken up by the Directorate and suggested the farming community to learn the modern weed management techniques to enhance the crop productivity. Dr. Singh advised farmers to develop models ensuring optimum utilization of resources in their farms and highlighted the importance of proper communication between farmers and scientists. Around 5000 farmers
visited the Kisan Mela and used this opportunity to know various aspects of agriculture from the 42 different stalls put up by various developmental research organizations, State Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, industries of pesticide, fertilizers, seeds and implements, Banks, NGOs, etc.
A Kisan Sangoshthi and field visit were also arranged in which Scientists/SMS interacted with the farmers, discussed and clarified the queries about emerging out subjects related to agricultural problems including weed management. On the occasion, Technical Extension Calendar was released by the dignitaries. Twenty five progressive farmers belonging to different villages of M.P. were also felicitated during the Kisan Mela. The programme was coordinated by Dr. P.K. Singh, Principal Scientist (Agril Ext) of the Directorate.
(Source: Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization with inputs from DWSR, Jabalpur)