Regional Agricultural Fair (RAF) South Region from 15th to 17th February 2018 at ICAR-CIARI Port Blair

Port Bair, Feb 04: The ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair is organizing Regional Agricultural Fair (Southern Region) on the theme “Sustainable Agriculture through Integrated Farming System” in association with Andaman & Nicobar Administration at its sports ground, Garacharama Complex from 15th to 17 February 2018. The program is financially supported by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmer’s Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India along with ICAR New Delhi.

This will provide a platform for technology sharing between the researchers, development department, farmers and the others stakeholders representing from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and UT of Pondicherry, Laksha dweep , as well as Andaman & Nicobar. It will also promote exchange of ideas among various states of particular region in order to pave the way for better transfer of technologies applicable to the region and speedup the public private participation and help up-gradation of knowledge and skills of farmer’s.

Besides, school and college children will also get an opportunity to visit and interact with the Scientist and inculcate scientific temperament. More than 1200 farmers inclusive of other stake holders are expected to participate during the event on each day.

The mela will have stalls representing the states and UT of Southern Region, Self Help Group, Bankers, NGOs, Input suppliers, ICAR-CIARI and KVKs, showcasing their activities for the benefit of the stakeholders. Beside conduct of Scientist farmer’s interaction, screening of movies on technologies for livelihood in agriculture and allied fields, display of innovative products, interface meetings on organic farming, value addition in coconuts and fruits, food processing, farm machinery etc. The conduct of live stock, flower, innovative products/ process show, display of ethnic food and culture by Nicobaris and Karen communities beside educational cultural evening will be attraction of the mela.

The Union for Minister of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh Ji has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the RAF at 11.00 am on 15th Feb, 2018. He will also chair the Gosthi on organic farming which will be conducted at ICAR- CIARI Port Blair. For details contact : 1. Dr.A.Kundu, Director (Acting), (9434285341) , 2. Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Convener RAF (09434262869), 3. Shri. S.K. Singh, Co-Convener RAF (08900913550), 4.Dr. Jai Sunder, Co-Convener RAF (09434281840) and 5. Shri. Amit Srivastava, Coordinator (09679530821).

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