|State-level farmers’ fair held at Kahikuchi|
GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - A two-day-long State level Farmers’ Fair cum Farmer-Scientist interaction programme on the topic, ‘Doubling the farmers income by 2022 in Assam: Technological options and way forward’ was organised by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone VI, here on December 16 and 17 at the Horticultural Research Station, AAU, Kahikuchi, stated a press release.
The inaugural programme was attended by Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of Fisheries, Excise, Environment & Forest, AK Singh, DDG, Agricultural Extension, ICAR, New Delhi, Dr SN Goswami, Vice-Chancellor, CMJ University, Jorabat, Meghalaya, Dr L Obed, Director, Coconut Development Board, Guwahati, Dr Bidyut C Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI Zone-VII, Umiam, Dr Prasanna Pathak, DEE, AAU, Jorhat and other dignitaries of ICAR institutes and Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.
Suklabaidya, while delivering his address as chief guest, highlighted the role of integrated agriculture for doubling farmer’s income. He urged upon the farmers to take the benefit of various government schemes which are meant to enhance production of agriculture thereby increasing farmers’ income. He also gave a few words of encouragement to the farming community on how to overcome the hurdles faced by them for increasing their income.
Dr AK Singh, DDG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi, in his address, as guest of honour, highlighted the latest initiatives taken up by ICAR for doubling farmers’ income. He also emphasised the need to adopt composite farming and employ latest technologies by small as well as marginal farmers for enhancing their overall income.
Most of the dignitaries and other invited guests appreciated the enormous contributions made by Dr AK Tripathi, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-VI, Guwahati and Dr R Bordoloi, principal scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-VI, Guwahati cum organising secretary of the Farmers’ Fair for the development of farmers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
On this occasion, the ICAR-KVK, Goalpara was presented with an award and citation for its outstanding performance by securing the first position at the national level during the recently concluded Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan Phase-I. During the two-day programme, an exhibition and farmer-scientist interaction were also organised to showcase the latest technologies, wherein about 2,000 farmers from different districts of Assam took part.
At the closing ceremony, Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University, in his address, as the chief guest, praised the farmers for their valuable contributions to the nutritional security of the country. He also praised the organisers for taking the initiative in recognising the hard work and sincere efforts of the successful farmers of the State, added the release.