13 September, 2010 Car Nicobar
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, GOI and Director General, ICAR alongwith Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR, Dr. H.P. Singh, DDG (Horticulture), Dr. K. D. Kokate, DDG (Agrl. Extension), ICAR, Dr. R. C. Srivastava, Director, CARI, Dr. A. K. Singh, ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata and Chief Secretary, A&N Admn., Shri Vivek Rae visited Car Nicobar on 13th September, 2010 to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of the KVK at Car Nicobar which was laid by Dr. S. Ayyappan at Arong village in presence of large gathering of Development Department officials, Village Captains and farmers representing 15 villages of Car Nicobar.
While speaking on the occasion as Chief guest Dr. S. Ayyappan observed that there is ample scope for high value agriculture for the economic development of Car Nicobar farmers. He assured to introduce cage system as demonstration for catching fish in the area.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Vivek Rae said with the opening of Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Car Nicobar, the farmers of the area can use new and latest techniques which would yield better results in terms of productivity and thereby would help in uplifting the living standards of the people. He also appealed to CARI to take necessary initiatives to address the problems of farmers.
The Deputy Commissioner, Nicobar District, Shri Rupesh Kumar Thakur, while addressing the farmers expressed hope that by opening of Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Car Nicobar, the coconut production would get much needed impetus in terms of technology and KVK would definitely contribute to the overall economic upliftment of Nicobari farmers.
Tribal Council Chief, Shri Aberdeen Blair said that the farmers of Nicobar expect technical support from Krishi Vigyan Kendra in fisheries and allied activities. He also said that Fisheries sector is an important area under which the tribal community hopes to improve the livelihood by increasing the catch both shallow and deep sea fishing.
After the foundation stone laying ceremony the team visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra farm at Auckchung and demonstration plot laid out under coconut mission at Small Lapathy village. Thereafter they visited Tsunami Memorial at Big Lapathy to pay homage to the departed soul, who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 26th December’ 2004.
(PRUNIT/Sept/2010 anil [dot] cprogmail [dot] com)