27th January 2017, Varanasi
A National Farmers’ Fair-Cum-Vegetable Showcasing was organized at ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi in collaboration with Association for Promotion of Innovation in Vegetable (APIV) to educate the farmers regarding sustainable vegetable and agriculture production.
Padmashri Dr. Brahma Singh, Ex-Director, Life Sciences, Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi, his inaugural address, emphasized for climate resilient vegetable production, protected cultivation through poly and net houses as well as use of drip and fertigation for sustainable vegetable production in the country.
Director, IIVR, Varanasi highlighted the production and distribution of high quality seeds of improved vegetable varieties of IIVR. He said under the flagship programme of the Prime Minister of India, “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav”, IIVR has adopted five villages from each district of Chandauli, Gazipur, Jaunpur, Mau, Mirzapur and Varanasi districts for disseminating innovative vegetable production technologies for their livelihood and nutritional security.
Dr.R.K.Yadav, Director, National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), New Delhi; Dr. S.K.Singh, Deputy Managing Director, National Horticultural Board (NHB); Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticultural Science-II), ICAR, New Delhi and Prof. A. Vaishampayan, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Agricultural University (BHU), Varanasi were also graced occasion. They emphasized about protected cultivation and increasing the income of famers besides increasing productivity of vegetables by adopting sustainable new technologies in the field of vegetable production, protection, processing, preservation and storage of vegetables.
Shri Jai Prakash Singh, Farmers’ president, expressed his happiness for farmer’s welfare and women empowerment mainly due to intervention of IIVR varieties and improved vegetable production technologies.
An exhibition was put up to showcase vegetable, potato, seeds, fertilizer, beneficial microbes, fisheries, onion garlic, pesticides, drop irrigation etc. by ICAR Institutes and KVKs, Agricultural Universities and Private Sectors.
Famers were awarded for their contribution in vegetable production.
More than 3000 farmers participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi)