CIARI’s Island Kisan Mela draws huge response

Committed to farmers’ progress through scientific interventions: Dr Roy
Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
22 Jun 2017

The launch day of Island Kisan Mela (IKM) & Farmers Innovators Meet (FIM) by ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute here saw hundreds of farmers in troops visiting the research institute to learn about the latest from the fields. Stalls put by different department likes Fisheries, Sagarika, NABARD, Karen Welfare Association, Selvi’s Organic Vegetable, Department of Agriculture, South Andaman, Horticulture Department, Animal Husbandry etc too recorded visitors in large numbers. The Director of CIARI, Dr S Dam Roy, inaugurated the two-day event in the presence of Mr A.K. Das, Director of Agriculture, Dr. NG Poddar, Director of Animal Husbandry, Mr J Chandra Sekhar, Director of Fisheries, Mr Ravinder Rao Managing Director of Cooperative Bank, Dr. Nagesh Ram, Joint Organisation Secretary, CIARI, PRI members, officials from the Department of Fisheries, Horticulture, Agriculture Units located in outer islands, tribal groups and NGOs.
In his address, Dr S Dam Roy said that the event this year is aimed at increasing farmer’s income through scientific intervention and to educate cultivators about how they can earn double income by production of such plantation of crops and animals productions. Many schemes of the government are in implementation to promote such agricultural practices among farmers, he said. Dr Roy heaped praise on the Member of Parliament, who was not present on the occasion owing to pre-engagements, for being pro-farmer. Even the Lt. Governor visited the CIARI premises a few days ago and appreciated the efforts of the researchers, he said.
“Support from institutions like NABARD, NGO Yuvashakti also have played a crucial role towards promoting CIARI activities among the targeted population. “Mushroom farming has become so famous today and we should ensure production fetches more income for cultivators. Rice, Milk, wheat and Meat production in India is more than compare to other countries, and India was 1st or 2nd in the world. CIARI is fully committed to generate awareness about all schemes of the government launched for the benefit of the farming community and we also solicit the support of the media in this regard,” added Mr Roy.
Earlier, Dr. S K Zamir Ahmed, Organising Secretary (IKM) & (FIM) welcomed the gathering. On day one, around 655 farmers from South Andaman, Middle and North Andaman and Karen Community were present on the occasion.