11th February, 2019, Motihari, Bihar
The ICAR-Mahatma Gandhi Integrated Farming Research Institute, Motihari, ICAR-RCER, Patna and Dr. RPCAU, Pusa, Samastipur jointly organized a three days Mega Agriculture Show, Krishi Kumbh - 2019 at Gandhi Maidan, Motihari, Bihar from 9th to 11th February - 2019.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Shri Lalji Tandon, Governor of Bihar, narrated about the revolutionary changes in agricultural technology that have lead the country to be self-sufficient on food front. He also urged the farmers to get benefited by the Government’s schemes and adopt new agricultural technologies that can help in higher production with low cost of cultivation.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, briefed about the central government’s schemes for agricultural development and assured small and marginal farmers for income of Rs. 6,000/- per year from the government to support their livelihoods. He also underlined the achievements of central sector schemes related to Ujjwala Yojana, Swachch Bharat Mission, electricity supply, etc.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology accentuated on Direct Benefit Transfer of money to farmers’ accounts. By citing the examples of Digital India Campaign, he also stressed on using the Information technology in agriculture.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar mentioned about the receipt of applications from the beneficiary farmers under Kisan Samman Yojana of Central Government. He also discussed the different agricultural programmes of Bihar Government and their benefits to farmers.
Earlier, Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR-RCER, Patna and OSD, MGIFRI, Motihari, in his welcome address, outlined the aim of Krishi Kumbh and highlighted the major attractions of the fair, viz., exhibition, farmer-scientist interaction, etc.
The second day of the event organized programmes on women empowerment.
In his address, Shri Ganga Prasad, Governor of Sikkim, the Chief Guest for the second day stressed on the harmful effects of using the chemicals in agriculture and urged the farmers to adopt organic farming. By citing the examples of women power in the various other fields, he also accentuated on women empowerment in agricultural sector too.
Earlier, the Union Minister of Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh welcomed the Chief Guest. In his address, he also underlined the description of programmes that are being implemented by the ministry for women farmer’s development and welfare.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Surya Pratap Sahi, Minister of Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh urged the farmers to get benefited by the central government’s programmes and schemes.
Padm Shree, Mrs. Rajkumari Devi, popularly known as “Kisan Chachi” was also honored by the Chief Guest during the occasion.
The young farmers and farm women under ARYA scheme of central government were also distributed the Mushrom Kit and Poultry Kit.
Shri Pramod Kumar, Tourism Minister of Bihar proposed thank to the chief guest and the dignitaries for their valuable time and suggestions.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the Chief Guest of the valedictory function launched projects of National Highways. The projects included widening and four-laning of some parts of National Highway in East Champaran, Betiah and adjoining area of North Bihar. The Minister discussed about the Central Government’s measures for farmers that included increase in the minimum support price of crops and promotion and use of ethanol, a by-product of sugar industries in petrol and diesel. Shri Gadkari also highlighted the development of many rivers to enable the smooth transportation of heavy goods.
Nearly 180 public and private sector organizations put up their stalls and displayed different products, technologies, live samples, posters, etc., to increase the awareness about modern agricultural technologies among farmers and other stakeholders during the event.
The three-day long event also held Farmers’-Scientists’ Interactions on Agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, women empowerment and animal husbandry.
MLAs and MLCs of East Champaran district; Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries & Animal Science), ICAR; Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Horticulture and Crop), ICAR; Dr. R.C. Srivastava, VC, Dr. RPCAU, Pusa and Directors of several ICAR Institutes also registered their participation in the event.
The occasion registered a total footfall by more than 15,000 farmers and other stakeholders.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Ujjwal Kumar, Head-DSEE, ICAR-RCER, Patna.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for ER, Patna)