1st April 2017, Bhubaneswar
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare laid the foundation Stone of various infrastructures of KVKs Bolangir, Ganjam II, Mayurbhanj II and Puri of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology today. Shri Singh highlighted the important achievements of Union Government like soil health management, effective water management, popularization of micro irrigation system and lauded the role of KVKs as a frontline extension institution at district level. He said the overall improvement of the country can be ensured through improvement of farmers and villages.
Minister later inaugurated State Level Biodiversity Exhibition in which 33 KVKs of Odisha participated to showcase the Agro- biodiversity existing in different parts of the state.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State, Independent Charge, Petroleum and Natural Gas urged OUAT to initiate research on converting urban and agriculture waste to energy for which GoI is willing to fund about Rs.200 lakhs. He also emphasized on developing and strengthening agri-entrepreneurship among the youth.
Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Odisha, Shri Pradeep Maharathy, Minister, Agriculture & F.E., Fisheries & ARD, Govt. of Odisha, Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Member of Parliament, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), Sh Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR), Sh Manoj Ahuja, PS to Govt of Odisha, Agriculture Department, Prof. Surendranath Pasupalak, VC, OUAT, Dr. Anupam Mishra, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jabalpur also graced the occasion.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra was honored with degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) for his lifetime contribution to the field of Agricultural Science.
More than 150 farmers from different parts of the state, scientists, faculties and students of this University participated in the ceremony.
(Source: ICAR - ATARI, Zone VII, Jabalpur)