26th March 2014, Tura
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Research Complex for NEH Region, West Garo Hills organized an Agriculture Exhibition-cum-Showcasing of farm innovation at Tura on 26th March, 2014.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research graced the function as chief guest. In his address, he appreciated the innovative farmers and emphasized upon the importance and popularization of rural innovative technologies. Dr. Ayyappan stressed upon the need to adopt improved technologies for conservation of natural resources (soil and water) to enhance agricultural productivity. He also highlighted the importance of location specific integrated farming system models for efficient utilization of on-farm resources and food security of small and marginal farmers.
Dr. Ayyappan also released KVK newsletters and extension leaflets and distributed quality seed materials to farmers.
Dr. S.N. Puri, Vice Chancellor of Central Agricultural University, Imphal; Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR; and Dr. A.K. Gogoi, ZPD, Zone –III were also present on the occasion.
Dignitaries also visited the KVK farm, exhibition stalls and rural fish seed production unit established under TSP of ICAR in Anugre Village and interacted with the farmers on various issues related to agriculture in the region and felicitated innovative farmers.
Earlier, Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the gathering about the various research and extension activities of ICAR and KVK, Tura.
Dr. T. Samajdar, Programme Co-ordinator appraised the dignitaries about the programme, facilities and functioning of the KVK, Tura.
A session on farmers-scientist interaction was also organized to address the farmer’s problems. More than 500 farmers from different parts of Garo Hills participated in the programme.
Dr. Satish Chandra, Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology), ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA with inputs from consortium partner ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya)