22nd February, 2017, Ranchi
Smt Draupadi Murmu, Hon’ble Governor of Jharkhand, inaugurated 17th foundation day celebrations of ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna here today. Honb’le Governor, in her address, said more emphasis should be given on scientific farming rather than traditional farming in order to generate more employment and to increase food security of the region. She urged educated rural youths to undertake agriculture as a profession to create more employment opportunity through farming. She further reiterated that farmers should be exposed to the latest technologies through regular training and other extension activities. She also advised to involve SHGs and women farmers in transferring agricultural technologies and employment generating activities. Since more than70 % population is dependent on agriculture, strong linkages among research institutes, government agencies and farmers is needed to improve livelihood of the farmers. She also felicitated progressive farmers from 07 eastern states, representatives from press and media and employees of the institute for their outstanding work in the respective areas.
Dr Parvinder Kaushal, Vice Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, while delivering foundation day lecture emphasized on strong research linkage between ICAR institutes and SAUs to address the problems of the region.
Dr. B. P. Bhatt, Director, ICARRCER briefed about recent research activities and achievements of the Institute.. He also emphasized on the need-based focused research programmes to cater the diverse needs of the eastern India.
An Exhibition to demonstrate the latest technologies in agriculture was also organized on the occasion. A farmers -scientist’s interaction was also organized.
Directors of ICAR Institutes, Officials of the state department, representatives of press and media graced the occasion.
Around 300 participants including progressive farmers participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR RCER, Patna)