6th November, 2014, Kochi
The State Level Interface Meeting on agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries was held under the chairmanship of Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here today. The interactive meeting with the various ICAR Research Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and KVKs was convened to discuss the issues related to research and outreach activities that would benefit farmers.
The Union Agriculture Minister in his interactions emphasized the importance of environment friendly technologies such as water harvesting, solar energy and adequate manpower. He said that higher productivity and less post-harvest losses in the agriculture and allied sectors will ensure better remuneration for farmers. The Minister also assured that adequate funds are available with various central government agencies and funding bodies to facilitate various programs related to setting up of cold chains for perishable products, infrastructure development for KVKs etc. but the initiative and support for these ventures should also come from the states.
The Union Minister was given a traditional welcome with a ‘Ponnada’ by Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI. A book on ‘Livelihood Status of Fishers in India’ and four brochures published by CMFRI were also released by the Agriculture Minister.
Shri K. Babu, Fisheries and Excise Minister and Shri K.P. Mohanan, Agriculture Minister, Govt. of Kerala; Mr. Subrata Biswas, IAS, Principal Secretary; V. Muraleedharan, Kerala State BJP President; Vice-Chancellors Dr. P. Rajendran, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur; Dr. B. Ashok, IAS, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University; Dr. B. Madhusoodana Kurup, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi; and representatives from ICAR research institutes CPCRI, CTCRI, IISR, NBPGR, SBI, CMFRI, CIFT, CIFRI, NBFGR and KVKs from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts of Kerala participated in the meeting.
Meeting ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Leela Edwin, Director-in-Charge, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi.
(Source: CMFRI, Kochi)