Scientist-Farmer Interface Meeting under the FARMER FIRST PROJECT organized at ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore on 15th March 2017
The Scientist-Farmer Interface Meeting under the FARMER FIRST PROJECT was organized at ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore on 15th March 2017. About 200 farmers participated in the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, ICAR-NIANP spoke about the Institute and the major technologies that were developed and transferred to the farmers. He appealed to farmers to put forth their problems in the fields of dairy calf management, diseases affecting cattle, ration balancing tools for dairy animals, weather complications, etc., and to interact with the scientists to get solutions. This enables to get their income double, as it is the desire of the Prime Minister to make the income of the farmers get doubled, he added.
The Chief guest of the occasion Dr S Ayyappan, former DG, ICAR, Prof. NABARD chair, spoke on this occasion and mainly talked about the interaction of farmers and scientist and their cooperation saying that Farmers experience is more valuable in coming out with appropriate technologies. He also talked about the importance of integrated farming systems in current scenario of green fodder shortage and climate conditions and how alternate fodder crop such as cactus can be used as nutritional supplement to green fodder and its role in boosting the income of farmers. Alternate fodder crops such as the cactus along with integrated farming can prove to be insurance during draught periods and provide sustainable livelihood to farmers. In present situation where farmers are looking to alternated urban occupation for livelihood sustenance he urged the farmers to adopt technologies which can be easily adopted at low cost and user friendly way to increase productivity. He also talked about the MGMG and Skill India programs which are programmed to help double the farmer’s income in 3 years by not only providing knowledge but also providing hands on skill training and urged that the farmers take full advantage of these programs. He also expressed his wish that farmers should come out of forceful agriculture and move towards a profitable sustainable willful farming system supported by integrated farming and technology transfer. Prof. Veerabhadraiah, Former Director (R) was the guest of honour. He explained the comforts and discomforts of farmers in the area of integrated agriculture, animal rearing, fodder, etc., in general and in the current situation of drought in the entire state in particular.
Info Book on Technology Modules: Farmer First Project brought out by the ICAR-NIANP was released on the occasion besides releasing phamplets/folders containing the useful information to the farmers.