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Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s (IARI) Krishi Unnati Mela 2017 will be organised from 15-17 March at its campus in New Delhi. Organised jointly by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the mela will be inaugurated by Minister of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Radha Mohan Singh.
A large number of farmers and other visitors are expected to participate in the mela. During the inaugural session Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar 2016 will also be given away.
Talking to reporters, Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), said that IARI has been organising Krishi Vigyan Mela(Agriculture Science Fair) every year to display and popularise the latest advancement in agricultural research and technology development among farmers and end users since 1972.
“It continues to be a highly important annual event for receiving feedback from the farming community, which helps in deciding the Institute’s future research strategy. Thousands of farmers and visitors from across the country are participating in the mela every year,” he added.
This year’s attraction include Digitization in agriculture, Organic farming, Agribusiness models, Precision farming, Skill building and entrepreneurship development, water efficiency among others. Live demonstrations on production technologies of crops, horticulture, Integrated Farming System and Protected cultivation are other attractions.
“The technical sessions on various themes are planned to educate farmers on various agricultural technologies and Government schemes for agricultural development. A Women empowerment workshop will be organised to sensitise farm women on latest agricultural technologies and their rights,” the Director General said.
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar for the year 2016 will be awarded in IARI. Year 2016 was the birth centenary year of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, pioneer of Antyodaya. “Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar” waslaunched on that occasion by Government of India. The total sum of this award is Rs. 50 lakhs in which there is a provision of one award of Rs. 25.00 lakh at national level and 11 awards of Rs. 2.25 lakh at regional level every year will be awarded. The decision of winners of this award has been taken by the selection committee on the basis of nominations received from all the Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country.