March 3, 2011, New Delhi
Shri Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, today inaugurated Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela on the theme "Enhanced Productivity and Income Through Farm Technologies" at IARI, Pusa New Delhi. In his presidential address, Sh. Rawat told about the efforts of central government to enhance the agricultural productivity and for the benefit of the farmers. Shri Arun Subhashchandra Yadav, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries was also present there.
A three-day Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela kicks off in the capital from today to showcase the achievements of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, various other institutes, NGO as well as private companies. The Mela will also showcase the Indian agriculture as a remunerative profession with presentation by successful farmers.
In his address, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR, showed his concern on the challenges of agriculture. He expected farmers initiative for taking up the agricultural challenges and boost the farm production. He also stressed to make green revolution to ever-green revolution and the scientists and farmers contribution in achieving it.
Earlier, the Director of the Institute, Dr. H. S. Gupta highlighted the main features of the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela. He enumerated that Mela will be of great attraction in respect of purchase of seeds, agricultural equipments, knowledge of farm technologies, facilities of soil and water testing and agro-advisory services. The Institute is organising this mela annually since 1972 and more than lakh of farmers get benefitted.
Dr. K. Vijayaragavan, Jt. Director (Extension) of the Institute delivered vote of the thanks. On this occasion thousands of farmers were present alongwith the scientists, officers, employees, farm entrepreneurs, ICAR Institutes etc.