KISAN DIWAS celebration in ICAR –IIHR, Bengaluru
As a part of Swachchta Pakhwada programme, Kisan Diwas was celebrated at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru on 23.12.2022. Around 120 farmers from five districts of Karnataka viz., Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Mysore, Kodagu and Chikkaballapura and around 80 college students from Bangalore participated in this programme.
The programme started with floral tribute to Shri. Chaudhary Charan Singh, India’s fifth Prime Minister whose birth anniversary is commemorated as National Farmers Day on 23rd December every year. Dr. R. Venkattakumar, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Social Sciences and Training delivered the welcome address and it was followed by the introductory remarks about the programme by Dr. V. Sankar, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer, Swachhta Pakhwada & MGMG Committee.
Three progressive farmers namely Shri. S. Anand, Shri. Jayarame Gowda and Shri. Chaluva Raja were felicitated during the programme and awarded with ‘Best Farmer Award’ for their contribution in adopting IIHR varieties and technologies. The awardee farmers shared their experience in profitable crop cultivation and motivated other farmers for using IIHR varieties and technologies.
It was followed by Presidential address by Shri. Harish Kumar, H.C. President, Local Raita Sangha, Hurulichiknahalli Gram Panchayat who emphasized the motto of Swachch Bharat mission and appreciated the role of IIHR in improving horticultural crop production. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Director, ICAR –IIHR explained the origin of ‘Kisan Diwas’ with Shri. Choudhary Charan Singh’s contribution to the agriculture sector and welfare of farmers. He urged the scientists to focus on farmer-centric projects and come out with practical solutions. Finally with the vote of thanks by Dr. Ramya, H.R., Scientist, Division of Social Sciences & Training, the programme ended. All the farmers with provided with IIHR Seed kit and taken for a field and lab visit to expose them to latest IIHR technologies.