Sankalp Se Siddhi Programme held at ICAR IISR

By Times Of India on 26 Aug 2017 | read
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KOZHIKODE: M K Raghavan MP here on Friday said that crop insurance and diversification of farm enterprises are critical component for securing and enhancing farm income in rural areas.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating 'Sankalp Se siddhi' determination to attainment, programme organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kozhikode at ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research he also emphasised on the need of equipping farmers with good quality seeds, organic fertilisers and irrigation facilities to increase their income. He said a target oriented strategy has to be planned at panchayat level for higher production of vegetables, egg, milk and allied products.

Dr Santhosh J Eapen, head crop protection division elaborated the Sankalp Se siddhi seven point programme for doubling farmers income by 2022. The programme envisages doubling income of farmers by providing better irrigation facilities, ensuring high quality of planting material, enhancing availability of organic inputs, practicing soil test based fertilizer application and minimising post-harvest losses. Value addition and enhanced market facilities should also form critical components in the quest for achieving the target of doubling farmers income by 2022.

Farmers took a pledge to adopt sustainable, scientific and socially desirable practices to ensure fast development and progress of the nation. Farm models and farming ventures were presented to the participants by Dr B Sasikumar, Head, Crop Improvement and Biotechnology Division of ICAR IISR. Dr Sheeja, Principal Scientist sensitized the farmers on the immense economic potential of commercialisation of agricultural and allied technologies. District panchayat president Babu Parassery, A Pradeep Kumar, MLA spoke on the occasion.

An exhibition on technological inputs developed by ICAR-IISR and value added products of self-help groups were also held on the day. Around 500 people attended the programme. S Subha Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Kozhikode, Dr K Nirmal Babu, Director, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode and others attended the programme.