29-30th March, 2016, Lalitpur
A two-day (29-30 March, 2016) Bundelkhand Krishi Pradarshni evam Goshthi was organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Kanpur at Tuan Maidan, Lalitpur. Ms. Uma Bharati, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation inaugurated the Pradarshni and chaired the proceedings.
While delivering inaugural address, Minister called upon for the establishment of ‘Market Hood’ and ‘Food Processing Park’ in the district as food processing and value addition of the agricultural produce have tremendous potential for the economic empowerment of the farmers and rural youth. She also stated that for mitigating the crisis of water and irrigation in the region, ‘Israel Model of Water management’ needs consideration and promotion. Minister stressed for the need of reassessing and re-prioritizing the Bundelkhand Special Packages for making it more sharp, focused and meaningful. In this exercise, scientists KVKs of this region can play very significant role.
Minister launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana for the farmers of Bundelkhand districts and emphasized that this scheme will be a boon to farmers of this region as many of them suffer huge losses due to weather anomalies and natural calamities. She hoped that farmers will take benefit of this scheme and ensure their livelihood.
While appreciating KVKs as innovative institutions at the district level, she emphasized their important role in enhancing income of farmers by demonstrating and motivating improved agricultural technologies. She also stressed upon the inter-department and institutional convergence at the district level for arranging marketing facilities, input procurement and ensuring the related logistics.
She also inaugurated the administrative building of KVK, Lalitpur.
Minister also felicitated one farmer and farm women for their outstanding work in water conservation and efficient utilization.
Chief Guest also released the Smarika, Newsletter of ICAR ATARI, Kanpur and the extension bulletin on ‘Bundelkhand mein Chana ki Kheti’ .
ICAR Institutes, KVKs, agribusiness houses, NABARD, State Department of Agriculture from the 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh participated in the event and displayed their technologies, information, products, schemes, etc for the benefit of large number of farmers (approx. 2200) from Lalitpur, Jhansi, Banda, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Jalon districts of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. Scientist-Farmer interactions were also organized on the themes relevant to Bundelkhand including recent schemes launched for welfare of farmers.
Dr. AK Singh, DDG (AE), ICAR at the outset welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and Dr. SL Goswami, VC, CSAUT, Kanpur proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ATARI, Kanpur)