6th March 2013, New Delhi
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India inaugurated Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela on the theme ‘Agriculture Technologies for Farmers Prosperity’ at IARI Mela Ground here today. While addressing farmers, he emphasized upon the importance of new farm technologies in development of agriculture and enhancing farmers’ profitability. Shri Pawar appreciated the efforts of agricultural scientists and called upon farmers to produce more pulses and oilseed crops to meet the growing demand. He hoped that farmers will learn and experience about new technologies for adoption in fields. Shri Pawar appreciated IARI for developing a number of technologies for application at field level.
Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India presided over the inaugural function and released publications of IARI.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR; Dr. S.K. Dutta, DDG, Crop Sciences, ICAR; Dr. K.D. Kokate, DDG, Extension, ICAR and Dr. J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority also graced the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. H.S. Gupta, Director, IARI welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the main features of the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela.
Farmers from different parts of the country, scientists, students and exhibitors are participating in this 3-day Mela (6-8 March, 2013). The institute is organizing this Mela annually since 1972 and more than a lakh of farmers visit this fair.
Dr. K. Vijayaragavan, Joint Director (Extension), IARI proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)