21st August, 2015, East Champaran, Bihar
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh laid foundation stone and inaugurated National Integrated Agriculture Research Centre today at Pipra Kothi, East Champaran district (Bihar).
Speaking as Chief Guest, he said the new Institute will be dedicated to the welfare of the farmers in the region. The mandate of the Institute is to conduct research on the development of location specific integrated farming system models for diverse agro-ecological conditions, especially flood and wetland situation with emphasis on rice, sugarcane and banana which require more water. In his address, Minister hoped that this Institute will bear the responsibility of developing integrated models so that the food and nutritional security of people is secured.
Minister felicitated progressive farmers and entrepreneurs from the region including seven women farmers, who have excelled in cultivation of mushroom, banana cultivation and rice production.
Shri Pramod Kumar, MLA, Motihari , Shri Sachindra Prasad Singh, MLA, Kesaria and Shri Rajesh Kumar Gupta, MLC graced the occasion as Guests of Honour.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR welcomed dignitaries and farmers and apprised about the mandate of the newly established Institute.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM) highlighted the importance of this Institute in the region and the country as well.
Earlier, Dr. B.P.Bhatt, OSD of the Institute and Director of ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region and welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries including officials from state and central government and farmers.
On this occasion, a Kishan Goshthi on Integrated Farming and two-day Exhibition on recent trends in agriculture were also organised by ICAR. More than 3000 farmers from East Champaran and neighbouring districts and a large numbers of entrepreneurs, scientists and social workers participated in the event.
Dr Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, ICAR-DKMA, proposed the vote of thanks.