16th July, 2014, Kolkata
The Zonal Project Directorate, Zone II, Kolkata under the administrative control of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) observed ICAR Foundation Day on 16th July, 2014. The programme began with playing ICAR Geet and screening of ‘Drivers of Change’ – a short film on ICAR. Swami Sadanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Ashram, Nimpith graced the function as chief guest. Swamiji in his address reminisced how in the year 1979, KVK Nimpith was established as farming in Sunderbans and adjoining areas was reeling under extreme climatic hazards. He expressed happiness to note that all the districts are now having KVK. Swamiji released Annual Report 2013-14 of this directorate and ZPD II – A profile on this occasion.
Dr. Dipak Sarkar, Former-director, NBSSLUP, Nagpur addressed the gathering and spoke on the topic ’ICAR – now and then’. Dr. Sarkar elaborated the growth and development of National Agricultural Research System. Among others present were Dr. T. Dasgupta, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Calcutta University; Dr. T. H. Das, Head NBSSLUP, Kolkata Dr. K. Das, Principal Scientist, NBSSLUP, Kolkata; Dr. D. Basu, Director Extension Education, BCKV, Mohanpur and few faculty members of Calcutta University and West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences. Earlier Dr A K Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone II Kolkata welcomed the delegates and made a brief presentation about the Directorate. He also touched upon the contributions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) towards Indian agriculture and making India food secure nation.
Over 60 students, innovative farmers, SHG members, entrepreneurs, development functionaries participated in the programme. As a part of the celebration an exhibition was put up wherein seven KVKs displayed their successful and scalable technologies. There was also live display of quail birds, ornamental fish etc. Innovative farmers attending the programme shared their innovations and the problems with the scientists in an interactive session. Queries of students representing Calcutta University, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences with regard to opportunity for higher studies, eligibility, job opportunities were duly addressed.
A city based hobbyist cum entrepreneur Sri Chimpoo Singh Oberoi demonstrated his innovation ‘two way plant ‘for which he was recognized by Limca Book of Records 2013-14.
(Source: ZPD, Kolkata)