Bhubaneswar: ICAR- Central institute Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) launched the celebration of Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan week on 23 December 2016 to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Ministers Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh. The celebration is being organized keeping in view their immense contribution for promoting use of science for the welfare of farmers. ICAR-CIFA and KVK Khordha organized various farmer awareness programs to showcase and demonstrate technological advances for enhancing productivity and profitability of agriculture. Ten progressive farmers who have successfully adopted latest technologies and have made contribution in wide scale adoption of technologies by farmers were honored.
Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, ICAR-CIFA while welcoming talked about doubling the farmers’ income, science based and technology led farming. Prof (Dr) Damodar Parida, Rtd. Assistant Director for Research, OUAT, Bhubaneswarand Dr. (Mrs.) Jatinder Kishtwaria, Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar Graced the launch workshop on 23 Dec. 2016. The weeklong celebration had trainings, interaction meet and demonstration of new technologies and other extension activities involving farmers of Khordha district. KVK-Khordha conducted a series of extension programmes on improved banana cultivation, interaction meet on cluster demonstration of pulses, training programme on oyster and paddy straw mushroom. The final day of the celebration week 29th December had a formal meeting with 120 farmers benefitted from KVK-Khordha and the beneficiaries of Farmers First Project of ICAR-CIFA.
Dr. S. K. Rout, Ex-Dean, Extension Education, OUAT was the chief guest, Dr. S. R. Das, Honorary Professor of OUAT delivered a special address on the occasion in the presence of Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, ICAR-CIFA who also delivered a special address to the gathering. Ten exhibitors displayed their wares in the exhibition put up on the sidslines of the celebrations. A farmer scientist interaction was also held during the occasion.