12-13th December 2015, Lucknow
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated National Workshop of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan on Natural Farming and Cow-based Economy on 12th December 2015. The workshop was organized by ICAR- Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Balyan emphasised on the need to change present agricultural education system to make it more oriented towards practical & natural farming, so that students can become agri-preneurs after completion of their degree.
Dr. N. S. Rathore, DDG (Agricultural Education), ICAR in his presidential remarks said ICAR is a nodal agency under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan for implementing programme related to Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Forestry. ICAR is pursuing the activities of the Abhiyan on all five components i.e. S-Skill, H- Health, A- Agriculture, P-Product and E-Energy (SHAPE).
Sant Shri Kanisidheshwar Ji Maharaj from Kaneri Math, Kolhapur, Maharashtra emphasised on developing smart villages and presented model of Aadarsh Gram implemented by him in Shelkebadi village in Maharashtra.
Shri Yogi Adityanath, Member of Parliament, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) was the Chief Guest of the valedictory session. Shri Yogi said self-dependency can only be achieved by self sufficiency and that must come indigenously.
Smt. Krishna Raj, Member of Parliament, Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Guest of Honour of the valedictory function emphasised on promotion of natural farming and cow rearing..
Earlier, Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow welcomed the guests & delegates and briefed on objectives of workshop.
Technical sessions on natural farming, water saving agricultural practices, forestry, cow improvement, dairy development, cow based product, biogas and self employment were organised in which more than 40 presentations were made by participating delegates.
Professors from IIT, Delhi, Scientists of IISR, officials and members of Lok Bharti (NGO) and more than 250 progressive and experimenting farmers from different states of the country participated in the workshop.
Dr. A.K. Sah, Principal Scientist and Incharge, Extension and Training, IISR proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR- Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)