Live Webcast of Hon'ble Prime Minister's Address in Krishi Unnati Mela 2018 during Farmers-Scientist Interface at ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar

ICAR-CIWA organized a Farmers-Scientist Interface on 17 March, 2018 to facilitate the live webcast of Hon'ble Prime Minister's address in Krishi Unnati Mela 2018. In his speech, he underlined the emerging role of India in sustaining Global Agriculture. He stressed upon technological advancement in agriculture for enhanced productivity, economic prosperity with the mission of Doubling Farmer's income by 2022. The programme was graced by Hon'ble Mayor, BMC, Shri A. N. Jena as the Chief Guest. He highlighted the contribution of agriculture to Indian economy, it's significance in livelihood enhancement of rural farmers as well as urban slum families and also spelt out the conservation of rain water for irrigation purpose. Shri Harekrishna Nayak, Corporator, Ward No. 22, Bhubaneswar was the Guest of Honour. At the outset of the programme, the Director ICAR-CIWA, Dr. S. K. Srivastava welcomed all the delegates, farmer participants and emphasized the contribution of the Institute in addressing gender issues in agriculture for ensuring livelihood and nutritional securities of rural women. Around 800 farmers and farmwomen from Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh and Cuttack districts of Odisha covering 23 villages such as Balisahi, Balarampur, Bandhahata, Nuagada, Katakiasahi, Baunshaput, Hariharpur, Godipali, Sakhigopal, Kadua, Chaudabalia, Harishankarpur, Kanjia, Bhatapur, Chanagorada, Beherasahi, Rautasahi, Gadachandpur, Uchhupur, Nuasahi, Khadikuda, Chakrakuda and Parabatipur participated in the event. They were exposed to several latest farm technologies through demonstration and exhibition. A farmer-Scientist Interface was also organized in which various farming related queries raised by the farmers and farm women were answered by a panel of experts from ICAR-CIWA. The event also provided a platform for successful women entrepreneurs to share their experiences of success in farming. Innovative women farmers in field of pulse production, kitchen gardening, poultry rearing, mushroom cultivation and dairy farming were honoured with certificates and award kits. The day ended with a formal vote of thanks. The event was successfully co-ordinated by Dr. Anil Kumar as the Nodal Officer for the programme.