ZP Adhyaksh appreciates CIARI’s outreach activities in N&M

Port Blair
28 Mar 2017

The Out Reach Centre of Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, conducted  technological exposition and demonstration of livelihood options in agriculture and allied fields  in the field of Mr Laxman Das, Progressive farmer of Kalipur in association with KVK , Nimbudera on  March 25  under the plan and guidance of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CIARI. Port Blair. Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed , Principal Scientist & Coordinator , informed the farmers  on the basic objective of the technological exposition and demonstration , wherein the farmers learned by getting exposed to the knowledge and skill involved in best livelihood technologies in participatory mode in the real field condition  .
The resource personnel were Mr Laxman Das, Progressive farmer and National Awardee, on bee keeping, spices cultivation, bush pepper  making, IFS,  and cinnamon peeling, Dr. A.K. Singh, Senior Scientist (Plant Breeding)  on pulse production technologies with special reference to International year of Pulses. Dr. B.L. Kasinathan, head  of seed production technologies of vegetable crop and producer organisation, Dr. V.K. Pandey, SMS, KVK, South Andaman on disease and pest  management in rice, pulses, vegetables, Dr. Shailsh Kumar , SMS, on rice fish farming, composite fish culture, Mr B.L. Meena , SMS on PoP  for field crops, Mr Manoj Kumar, SMS on use of energy efficient small agriculture implements with less drudgery   and Dr. Dulal, SVO, Diglipur on  fodder for cattles.  Smti Lathika, I/C Zonal Office of Agriculture, also participated.
Speaking on the occasion, Saw Tattoo, Adhyaksha, after inaugurating the meet, appreciated the approach  of the CIARI through its Out Reach Centre at Diglipur  to reach the farmers through training and  demonstration.  He urged the farmers to come forward voluntarily and adopt the agriculture technologies to become self sustained which is imparted by KVK and also the Development departments. While appreciating the role of NABARD in rural uplift.
Mr Hemant. B. Songadkar, General Manager & OIC, NABARD, Port Blair, the Guest  of Honour, was impressed by the overwhelming response  of the farmers. He spoke in length  about the technologies popularised through ORC in association with the team of scientists from CIARI, KVK under the able leadership of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director of CIARI. He also spoke about the role of NABARD and the programmes to support  rural  farmers.  Later he  interacted with the farmers,  scientists and the officers present and assured for all possible help from his team of officers in carrying forward the development works. Mr Dilip Biswas, Up-Pradhan of Shibpur also spoke with appreciation on the work done by CIARI.  He also talked about the problems faced by the farmers in obtaining loan from the bank.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Senior Scientist ( Plant Breeding ),CIARI, along with the team of Scientists from KVKs, and officers of Development Departments conducted a thorough inspection of areas on pulses to monitor the growth and yield performance under both biotic and abiotic stress  and interacted with the farmers to get the feedback. Farmers also interacted with the team of experts from CIARI, KVK and the development departments  and shared their experiences during the daylong session. Around 175 farmers representing from village  cluster of Ramnagar, D.B. Nagar, Keralapuram, V.S.Pally, R.K. Gram, Madhupur, Shibpur, Kalipur, Khudirampur, Subhas gram  and Madhupur attended  with lots of  enthusiasm. Mr Shiba Mahato and Saw Markus of  ORC, coordinated the meet. Dr Shailash Kumar, SMS, KVK, Nimbudera proposed the vote of thanks.