23rd June, 2019, Port Blair
The ICAR-Central Island Agriculture Research Institute, Port Blair celebrated the 42nd Foundation Day at its campus today.
The Chief Guest, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Andaman & Nicobar Islands urged the Institute members for conducting the activities that can help in doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022. He stated that such activities will provide an insight about the agricultural activities that can be taken up on the basis of the market demand and help in adding to the farmer's income. This would lead to boost the export. Shri Sharma opined about adopting some activities like crab fattening, seaweed culture, etc., that can be taken up in the submerged agricultural lands. He stated that such activities would prove to be fruitful in providing the employment and generating more income.
Shri Sharma planted a sapling at the Zero point. He also visited the Dweep Krishi Darpan and took a note of the various R & D activities of the Institute. He assured for constructing a community hall with a capacity to accommodate around 5,000 people at a time for the farmers at the CIARI. The facility would be used by the Andaman & Nicobar Islands Administration to conduct any activities.
He also felicitated the scientists, technical, administrative and supporting staff of CIARI for their contributions towards the agriculture development.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Vijiayachari, Director, RMRC stated that the CIARI’s contribution is indispensable for maintaining the food security in the Islands.
Dr. A. Kundu, Director (Acting) underlined the kaleidoscope of Institute’s activities during the last four decades. Dr. Kundu urged the Member of Parliament to provide the kind support for constructing a community hall for accommodating the farmers coming from different Islands under one roof. He also opined to organize the various events like Island Kisan Mela, training programme, seminars, symposiums, etc.
Shri Sanjeev Kumar Mondal, Adyaksha, Zila Parishad, South Andaman along with the officials of the Development Department, NABARD, ZSI, ASI, retired personnel of CIARI and farmers were also present during the occasion.
The occasion also marked the display of colorful and enthralling cultural programmes for the welfare and entertainment of the staff.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agriculture Research Institute, Port Blair)