ZPD Zone VII, Jabalpur Celebrated ICAR Foundation Day 2014 SMART Farmers of NICRA Project Felicitated

16th July, 2014, Jabalpur

ZPD Zone VII organized the ICAR Foundation Day 2014 and felicitated 35 SMART Farmers from NICRA villages of seven districts of Madhya Pradesh. Under Zone VII, NICRA project is operational in 14 KVKs and 7 are in Madhya Pradesh. These 35 SMART Farmers were from Balaghat, Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh, Satna, Datia, Morena and Guna KVK functional in Madhya Pradesh. This programme was attended by more that 70 participants including farmers, students, NDMA officials and KVK scientists.

Dr. V.S. Tomar, Vice Chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur and chief guest of the function emphasized on the aspects which were found successful in the aberrant weather conditions in these districts. He appealed to the farmers, scientists and students for bringing innovative way to tackle the challenge of climate change in agriculture. He appreciated the feedback given by the SMART Farmer from the NICRA villages in the form of suitable techniques and varieties tolerant to the changing scenario.

Dr. Anupam Mishra, Zonal Project Director, Zone VII expressed his great concern over the current monsoon situation and important role of these SMART Farmers for supporting the KVK in the implementation of the contingent arrangements. Besides, he urged these SMART Farmers for adopting more climate resilient technologies and advocating to the other farmers in the area for the same. He thanked the farmers for using the custom hiring centre given to the NICRA villages.

Dr. Bharat Pathak, General Secretary, Deendayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot, Satna has shared his views on the occasion and appealed to the farming community for raising the drought tolerant crops and responding variety along with the stress managing tools for the livestock.

Dr. A.K. Sinha, Senior Research Officer, National Disaster Management Authority, MOHA, Govt. of India, New Delhi expressed his views on the disaster concept and appealed to the farmers for taking care during the disaster situation, if arises particularly animals and related assets. During his interaction he cited several low-cost practical ways for better animal husbandry and health management.

Sh. Gajender Singh, Country Director, World Animal Protection, New Delhi shared his views on the animal diseases and precautionary measures to be taken for better dairying and improved health management. He asked the SMART farmers to be more active on livestock aspects also.

On the occasion, 10 scholars from JNKVV, Head of Deptt., Dean, Directors and Director Extension Services, Dr. P.K. Mishra were present. Scientists from ZPD and DES, JNKVV were also present and expressed their views. Posters on the climate change were also displayed by the participating students.  All 14 NICRA-KVKs have felicitated the SMART Farmers on this occasion.

The programme was coordinated by Dr. S.R.K. Singh, Sr. Scientist, ZPD Zone VII, Jabalpur.

(Source: ZPD, Zone-VII, Jabalpur)