16th September, 2019, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur organized the Farmers’ Fair and Farm Innovation Day today.
The Chief Guest, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare emphasized on enhancing the farmer’s income from the value-added products of pearl millet, that is a major crop of the region. Citing the reference of the farmers of Maharashtra, the Minister urged the farmers to be self-reliant by making their own FPOs (Farmer Producer Organizations).
He outlined the Government’s initiatives for providing the seeds and storage facilities to the farmers for helping them in doubling their income. He opined that besides, the routine crops, the farmers should diversify and grow medicinal plants, fruit crops, etc., which could fetch good prices for getting the higher income.
Shri Choudhary also visited the Institute’s research farm and laid the Foundation Stone for the Indoor Stadium in the sports complex.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. B.R. Choudhary, Vice-Chancellor, Agriculture University, Jodhpur urged the farmers to adopt the new technologies developed by the ICAR-CAZRI for improving the agricultural productivity.
Shri Suresh Chand, Chief General Manager, NABARD briefed about the NABARD’s schemes for the farmers’ benefit.
Prof. R.S. Rathore, Ex-Chairman, Jaipur Development Authority applauded the Institute’s contributions in the development of Arid Zone.
Dr. Shiv Prasad Kimothi, ADG (Technical Coordination) encouraged farmers to get benefited from the latest technologies developed by the research institutes through the Krishi Vigyan Kendras and ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute.
Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI highlighted the Institute’s activities. He also briefed about the various technologies at the Institute’s farm including new varieties of mung bean, moth bean, cluster bean, til and pearl millet; water harvesting and its recycling for fodder production, etc., for the farming community’s benefit.
Padma Shri, Shri Jagdish Prasad Pareek, a farmer from Sikar was felicitated for his contributions for agriculture in the region.
Around 8 farmers were honored as ICAR-CAZRI Kisan Mitras in recognition to their significant contributions in the adoption and dissemination of agricultural technologies developed by the Institute.
A CD on the success stories of earlier Kisan Mitras of ICAR-CAZRI was also released during the occasion.
A total of 2,200 farmers including farm women participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur)