15th October 2013, Panipat
Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal organized Kharif Kisan Mela at farmers’ field in Nain village, district Panipat on 15th October 2013.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM) inaugurated the Kisan Mela. In his address, he highlighted the contribution of CSSRI, Karnal in serving the farmers and congratulated the director of CSSRI and his team for organizing the Kisan Mela at the door step of farmers. Dr. Sikka accentuated on the role of CSSRI for developing salt tolerant varieties of wheat (KRL-19, KRL 210 and KRL 213) and mustard (CS-52, CS-54 and CS-56) with having good potential to grow in salty and stressful environments.
Dr. D.K. Sharma, Director, CSSRI welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the gathering about the latest activities of institute for managing the salinity and water logging problems in region. He also emphasized upon the conservation agriculture and sustainable intensification for higher yield and managing the natural resources.
During the Kisan Mela, an exhibition was also organized to display the latest technologies in which various institutes and private companies participated. A Kisan Goshthi and interactive meeting with famers followed the programme. Scientists from CSSRI, Regional Research Station of CCSHAU, officials from line Department and extension officials from state agricultural department participated in Kisan Goshthi. To recognize the ‘Grassroots Innovators’ 15 Progressive Farmers were also felicitated for their contributions made in conservation agriculture and natural resources management.
More than 800 farmers participated in the Kisan Mela.
Dr. R.S. Tripathi, Head, Division of Technology Transfer and Evaluation and nodal officer of the Kisan Mela proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)