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Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023: New Techniques to Advanced Varieties, Farmers were honored

This time the theme of Pusa fair was 'Nutritional, Food and Environmental security through Millets (Shree Anna).'


9Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023 was organized in Delhi from the 2nd to the 4th of March. The fair was inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Farmers from different corners of the country reached the fair. Along with this, the theme of the Pusa fair was ‘Nutritional, Food and Environmental Security through Millets (Shree Anna).’ The products of millets made a splash at the fair. Products related to this could be seen at the fair.

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023
Image Credit: ICAR

More than 200 Stalls

At the fair, there were more than 200 stalls from many departments of ICAR and Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Along with this, stalls of farmers and businessmen related to agriculture were also seen. Mela was organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa. Particular emphasis was laid on modern farming techniques in this fair.

Exhibitions at the fair were the main center of attraction of the fair. Information about new agriculture techniques to farmers on many topics like ‘smart agriculture/protected farming’, ‘climate resilient and sustainable agriculture’, ‘agricultural marketing and exports’, ‘innovations of farmers’, and ‘farmer producer organizations’ was given.

Emphasis on Cultivation of ‘Shri Anna’ (Millets)

On the fair’s first day, a technical session on “Development of Shree Anna based value chain under International Shree Anna Year-2023” was organized. Important information on the cropping system, disease management, and value addition of ‘Shri Anna’ was given by Dr. SP Singh, Dr. Shalini Goud, a scientist of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and Dr. Rajendra Chapke, chief scientist of the Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR), gave important information on the cropping system, disease management, and value addition of ‘Shri Anna’.

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023
Image Credit: ICAR

Honored the Farmers

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute always gives importance to the farmers’ innovations and honors them. On the fair’s first day, the Agriculture Minister honored progressive farmer Bhagwan Das with Life Time Achievement Award. The 5 farmers Shiv Prasad Sahni from Bihar, Vikas Chaudhary from Haryana, Ashwini Singh Chauhan from Madhya Pradesh, Surendra Awana from Rajasthan, and Bansh Gopal Singh from Uttar Pradesh were honored with the IARI Fellow Farmer Award for the year 2023.

Scientists spoke about Agriculture

On the second day of the fair, under the chairmanship of Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, S. K. Choudhary organized a session on ‘Innovative Technologies for Precision Farming’. In this session, Shivshrit Pradhan (ESDS Software) informed the farmers on ‘Digital Agriculture’. The second session was on the topic ‘Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture’. It was presided over by Dr. A. K. Singh, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute. In this session, Dr. P. Brahmanand, Project Director, Center for Water Technology, gave information on the topic ‘Advanced techniques of Water Conservation and Irrigation’. Principal Scientist, Dr. Aarti Bhatia from Division of Environmental Sciences shared details on ‘Effective use of Nitrogen and Pollution Management’. Dr. Sunil Pabbi, Head of Microorganism Division, gave information about Pusa Decomposer technique for proper management of straw.

Dr. T. K. Purkayastha, Principal Scientist, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemicals shared knowledge on ‘Soil Health Card Based Soil Nutrient Management’. Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Principal Scientist, Division of Agricultural Sciences gave information on the topic ‘Techniques of Sustainable Agriculture’. Dr. K. K. Singh, Ex-Chairman, Indian Meteorological Department explained about ‘Climate Weather Based Agricultural Advisory Service’. Padma Shri Dr. VP Singh, Retd. Head (Department of Genetics), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi was also present on the occasion. Dr. Raj Kumar Gupta (formerly of CIMMYT and Borlaug Institute for South Asia) spoke about the dissemination of resource-conserving technologies.

The third session of the day was based on Agriculture Marketing and Exports and was presided over by Dr. Tarun Bajaj, Director, APEDA. Nadeem Siddiqui, Vipin Gupta (Chairman, Alka Milk Foods), Padma Shri awardee farmer Sultan Singh (Sultan Fish Seed Farm) discussed important topics like export potential of Millets, export of Mangoes, export of Dairy Products and Fish business and its export opportunities. Folk music was also organized by Prasar Bharati for the entertainment of the farmers at the Pusa Kisan Mela. Folk music was also organized by Prasar Bharati for the entertainment of the farmers at the Pusa Kisan Mela.

Distribution of Seeds of Improved Varieties

Scorching and blast resistant varieties of basmati rice, Pusa Basmati 1847, Pusa Basmati 1886 and Pusa Basmati 1885, were also distributed along with grain seeds at the Kisan Mela. Its main objective was to take the new improved varieties to the farmers.

On the third and last day of Kisan Mela, the closing ceremony of the fair started at 2 pm. State Agriculture Minister Kailash Chowdhary was its chief guest. A total of 48 farmers were honored with the Innovative Farmer Award at the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023. The award winners of Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2023 also shared their experiences about innovative ideas and technologies to enhance the income of farmers.

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2023
Image Credit: ICAR

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