30th January 2015, Varanasi
ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi organized National Farmers’ Fair cum Vegetable showcasing during 30-31st January, 2015 at their premises in collaboration with Association for Promotion of Innovations in Vegetables (APIV).
Smt. Durgawati Devi, Gram Pradhan of Jayapur village which is located about 4 km from the Institute presided over the inaugural function. Being a representative of the village adopted by Hon’ble Prime Minister under Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana, she welcomed all the farmers. She highlighted the contribution of IIVR in the development of vegetable cultivation in this region which has led to improved productivity and income generation for the farmers.
Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research in his inaugural address, highlighted that horticulture fetches higher income, thus more and more farmers are shifting to this sector from traditional cultivation. He emphasized that more focus should be on development of new varieties of vegetables suitable for diverse and changing climatic conditions.
Earlier, Dr. B. Singh, Director, IIVR, Varanasi welcomed the farmers, dignitaries and participants and informed the gathering about the activities and achievements of the institute.
More than 50 stalls related to vegetables, potato, onion, garlic, seeds, fertilizer, animals, fisheries, etc. displayed by various research Institutes under the aegis of ICAR, Agricultural Universities, Government, NGOs and Private Sectors. More than five thousand farmers from different states participated in the fair.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi)