Farmers’ Conclave at ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru on 16-17 February, 2018
The ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology in collaboration with all the ICAR institutes located in Bengaluru organized the “Farmers’ Conclave” on 16 and 17 February, 2018. The mega event was coordinated by Dr Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore. The two day conclave was attended by more than 1500 farmers, and delegates from different ICAR Institutes and KVKs located in Karnataka. Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Anant Kumar Hegde, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra and DDG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, Dr AK Singh attended the inaugural function of the event and graced the occasion. Director General, ICAR, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra after welcoming the Hon. dignitaries highlighted the contributions of various ICAR institutes in Karnataka. Shri Radha Mohan Singh in his address urged that encouraging the young generation towards agricultural activities and increasing the farmers’ income from small holdings are the major challenges of the Indian agricultural sector at present. He also mentioned that although the task is herculean, but it is not impossible if the technocrats, bureaucrats and politicians work together dedicatedly towards the targeted goal. Addressing the gathering, Shri Anant Kumar Hegde and Shri Ananth Kumar mentioned that water is a scarce resource in Karnataka and therefore, appropriate policies are required to be implemented at the earliest to introduce and popularise profitable dry land agricultural practices in the State.
A series of publications, CDs from different Institutes and two products - Harit Dhara, an anti-methanogenic feed supplement and a special bull mineral mixture developed by ICAR- NIANP, Bangalore were released during the occasion. During the Conclave 50 exhibitions stalls were setup by the ICAR Institutes and KVKs to display various technologies and products related to agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries. Scientists-Farmers interactive meets on different aspects of agriculture and animal husbandry were also held on both days of the Conclave.