CIARI – KVK Organises seed Day and Distributed Seed of Improved Paddy Varieties to Farmers

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Port Blair, June 07: Seed day was organised on 06.06.2018 at Zilla Parisad Hall, Rangat by Central Islands Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI), Port Blair in association with KVK, N&M Andaman and Dept. of Agriculture to promote high yielding varieties of CARI Dhan among farmers of N&M Andaman. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Satish Singh, Pradhan, Rangat in presence of Mr. Rangalal Halder, Pradhan, Dasarathpur, Smt. Savani Minj, Pradhan, Parnasala, Smt. K. Saravana Kumari, Pradhan, Nimbutala, PRI members, Scientists CIARI & KVK, Officers from Dept. of Agriculture, Rangat, farmers and others. In his inaugural speech Mr. Satish Singh spoke about growth of India lies with development of farmers through adoption of scientific and innovative technologies whereas Mr. Rangalal Halder, Smt. K. Saravana Kumari and Smt. Savani Minj motivated farmers for adoption of organic farming and discussed concerns of farmers for healthy and sustainable farm production. On this occasion series of topics were discussed related to varietal characteristics of paddy released by CIARI. Further in the technical session different aspects on paddy seed production techniques and scientific method of paddy cultivation were discussed by Dr. P. K. Singh, Dr. R. K. Gautam, Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed and Dr. B. L. Kasinath. Farmers also discussed their problems and clarified doubts during interactive session and expressed their keen interest for growing varieties of CARI dhan. More than 142 selected farmers from all panchayats of Rangat and Mayabunder Tehsils were given CARI Dhan seeds free of cost under ICAR seed project. Among nine released varieties of CARI Dhan farmers were free to choose any variety based on their preference.
The programme was co-ordinated by Mr. B. L. Meena, other Subject Matter Specialists & staff of KVK under the supervision and guidance of Dr. B. L. Kasinath, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK, Nimbudera and Dr. A. Kundu, Director, CIARI, Port Blair.

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