A two-day workshop under ICAR-funded Farmer FIRST project was organized on 25-26 March, 2017 by ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (IIAB), Ranchi.
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare graced the workshop as chief guest in the farmers-scientist interface on the second day. Shri Bhagat highlighted significant efforts being undertaken by the Government of India through launch of multiple schemes namely Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, Soil Health Management Scheme, Organic Farming, Gokul Mission, etc. in mission mode for sustainable development of agriculture and enhancement of farmers income of the country in general with special focus on eastern India for ushering second Green Revolution. Shri Bhagat appreciated the workshop, and commented that it is an important step toward realizing the dream of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, as envisioned by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. He urged the farmers on diversification of farming, organic farming, value addition, formation of self-help groups (SHGs) at village-level, rain-water harvesting, empowerment of farm-women and secondary agriculture.
Shri Subrata Mandal, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Guest of Honour, briefed about the different programmes and schemes being carried out by NABARD for all-round development of agriculture in Jharkhand. He emphasized on water conservation and management, formation of agriculture-based cooperatives and SHGs specially involving women folk of the society.
Dr. Kewal Krishan Sharma, Director, ICAR-IIAB emphasized on integrated farming systems for food, nutritional and livelihood security, employment opportunities, reduction of drudgery and empowerment of farm women through assemblage and application of appropriate technologies. He assured the farming community that sincere endeavor will be made to develop model villages for agriculture under this programme.
A leaflet on ‘Machli Palan’ (fish culture) was released by the dignitaries on this occasion.
About 200 farmers and agri-entrepreneurs from four project villages, namely Kutiatu, Pindarkom, Tetri and Malti under Namkum block of Ranchi district, were oriented and trained on technical interventions to be carried out under different approved modules, viz. crop, livestock/fish, enterprise, natural resource management (NRM) and integrated farming system (IFS), of the farmer FIRST project.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi)