29th October, 2017, Semuwapur, East Champaran
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna in collaboration with Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation Ltd.(COMFED) organised“PashuArogyaMela 2017” atVillage- Semuwapur,Kesaria Block in East Champaran district of Bihar duringOctober 28 - 29, 2017.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare graced the occasion as Chief Guest of the inaugural function. He emphasized that livestock is the most important income generating enterprise in Indian agricultural economy and plays a multifaceted role in providing livelihood support of even landless farmers. He also informed that fodder museum is being developed at KVK, Piprakothi for dairy farmers. He stressed upon the importance of indigenous breeds of cattle, buffalo and goat and their superiority over exotic breeds in climate change scenarios.Attention should be given upon selection of local breeds of dairy animals who can adapt in adverse climatic condition. He further reiterated that infertility camp for animals shall be organised in every block of the district. He urged the farmers to adopt diversified farming in the sense that farmers need to think enterprises beyond dairy production. Fisheries, Poultry, Piggery and Goat farming sectors provide good alternative options in social development. He suggested the farmers that they can take assistance from different centrally sponsored schemes including National Gokul Mission.
Earlier, Mrs Sima Tripathi, Managing Director, COMFED briefed about activities of COMFED.She advocated that value addition of products can significantly improve the income and synthesize employment opportunities.
Dr J.K.Jena, DDG (Animal Sciences), ICAR emphasized the importance of milk and milk products in doubling farmers’income in the state.
Animal health and infertility camp, vaccination and immunization camp was also organised in which more than 250 livestock including cattle, buffalo, goat and horse were inseminated,vaccinated and treated. Farmers were provided with advisory services on up-keeping of general health status of farm animals. An animal show was also organized. During the event, best animals of different species were conferred award.
On 2nd day, Shri Sachendra Prasad Singh, MLA, KalyanpurVidhan Sabha Constituencygraced the occasion as Chief Guest in concluding session of the event. Shri Singh, stressed on the role of animal in multifaceted functions of the farmers from food and nutrition to organic fertilizer, compost and natural gas production. He also urged the farmers to improve soil fertility by animal farming.
An exhibition was put up to showcase various technologies/products developed by ICAR Institutes, various departments of Govt. of Bihar, pharmaceuticals and feed manufacturing companies, NGOs and financial institutions etc.
Farmers-scientist interactions were also organized during the event where different aspects of livestock and poultry production and management were discussed.
Senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, ICAR Headquarter, Directors and scientists of ICAR Institutes, SAUs, KVKs, officers from state Govt and COMFED in the event.
More than 6000 farmers attended the mela in view of seeking technical knowledge and to gain practical experience.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna)