The ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi organised field day village seminar and launched the ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ at village-Kakda, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Chief Guest of the event, highlighted the efforts of the ministry in promoting ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’. He explained the challenges in agriculture sector and envisioned the role of ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ scheme to overcome those challenges. The minister distributed Pusa Seeds and soil health cards among progressive farmers of the village.
Dr. Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General, (Crop Science), India Council of Agricultural Research highlighted the importance of scientist- farmer interface and explained role of ICAR institutes in the scheme.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) highlighted the importance of ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ and explained its role in solving agricultural programmes at grassroot level.
Dr. JP Sharma, Joint Director (Extension) in his welcome speech presented the details of the scheme of IARI, New Delhi. The institute has selected 119 clusters of villages for implementing the programme.
Scientist and officials of ICAR institutes and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) participated in the event.