10th February, Ranchi
Smt. Droupadi Murmu, Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand inaugurated Annual Kisan Mela-cum-Technology and Machinery Exhibition 2017 of ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi here today.
Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand briefed about the importance of lac in the economic upliftment of the farming community including forest dwellers, lac growers and small scale entrepreneurs. In her address, she also appreciated the research and training activities of this Institute. She also expressed her happiness for the intervention of scientific lac production and processing technologies. During her visit at Processing and Demonstration Unit (PDU) of the Institute, she appreciated hand operated small scale lac processing Unit. Primary level processing units may be helpful to get better prices. She also inaugurated an exhibition comprising of 24 stalls from different organizations and honoured progressive lac farmers for their achievement in lac production.
Shri Ram Tahal Chaudhary, Member of Parliament (Loksabha) emphasized that lac production is an important source of livelihood security for the lac growers. He asserted that the efforts taken by Institute to generate awareness among the farmers for undertaking scientific cultivation of lac is yielding good results.
Shri Mahesh Poddar, Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha) pointed out the price fluctuation problem in lac sector and suggested for the policy intervention. He opined that market support both forward and backward, is an essential activity to encourage the lac growers.
Shri Ram Kumar Pahan, Member of Legislative Assembly graced the occasion as the Special Guest.
Dr. KK Sharma., Director, ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi in his welcome address briefed about the research achievements, activities and various programmes of the Institute for the welfare of lac farmers.
A Kisan Ghoshthi was also organized wherein experts interacted with farmers and provided solutions to problems faced by farmers in lac cultivation and other agricultural crops.
More than 800 farmers and other stakeholders participated in the Mela.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi)