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Mega Kisan Mela and Agri Expo held at Kidu, Karnataka

Nov 19, 2022 : ICAR-CPCRI, RC, Kidu | Author:webadmin

A five-day Mega Kisan Mela and Agri Expo were organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of ICAR-CPCRI, Research Centre, Kidu, Karnataka from 19 to 23 November 2022. The focal theme was Agrobiodiversity for sustainability.

Sh. Kishore Kumar Kodgi, President, CAMPCO, inaugurated the five days programme. He called upon the scientists to work for time bound solutions on problems faced by the farmers, especially on management of newly emerged leaf spot disease of arecanut.

Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Project Director, DKMA, ICAR, New Delhi flagged many pertinent researchable issues including label claim of chemical recommended for use in plantation sector.

Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director, DASD, Kozhikode briefed about the action plan suggested by the Scientific Committee on Arecanut on value chain management and control of disease.

Sh Dadasaheb Desai, Deputy Director, DCCD, Kochi and Sh. K. Shivashankar, President, Grama Panchayat, Bilinele offered felicitations.

The Padma Shri awardees from Dakshina Kannada district Sh. Mahalinga Naik and Sh. H. Hajabba were felicitated in the function.

Three publications were released including the “Indian Horticulture – Special Issue on Plantation Crops”.

Dr. Anitha Karun, Director (Acting), ICAR-CPCRI presided over the function.

Sri Angara, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport, Government of Karnataka inaugurated the Naree Shakti Mela on cocoa production and processing on 21 November 2022.

Other events organized in the Mega Kisan Mela include (i) Bio-diversity conservation fair; (ii) Demonstration of drone technology; (iii) Farmer scientist interface programme; (iv) Sustainable arecanut farming and plant protection technologies; (v) Hi-tech horticulture technologies; (vi) Natural resources management; (vii) Value addition and mechanization in plantation crops and spices; (viii) Farmers Producer Organizations – Scope and opportunities; and (ix) Awareness on protection of plant varieties and farmers rights.

The Agri Expo had a participation of 120 exhibitors and over 15,000 visitors. Number of farmers registered for the programmes was 5430. Cultural programmes were organized every evening from 19-22 November, 2022.

Valedictory function of the Mega Kisan Mela and Agri Expo was held on the 23 November 2022, in the presence of Sri Sri Sri Vidya Prasanna Teertha Swamiji (Sri Subrahmanya Mata, Kukke Subrahmanya). Dr. Anitha Karun, Director ICAR-CPCRI presided over the function; Dr. V. Niral, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks. In-service and retired staff members of the Centre were facilitated during the programme.


Dr. Anitha Karun, explaining about released varieties to Dr. S.K. Malhotra visiting Agri Expo

Sri Angara, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport, Government of Karnataka inaugurated the Naree Shakti Mela

Sri Sri Sri Vidya Prasanna Teertha Swamiji of Sri Subrahmanya Mata, Kukke Subrahmanya offering the valedictory address

 

 

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