11 March 2022, New Delhi: Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) inaugurated the Technology Demonstration Facility at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khordha, Odisha today.
The DG was accompanied by Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science); Dr. B.P. Mohanty, ADG (Inland Fisheries), ICAR along with Dr. S.K. Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar and other Senior Officials of ICAR-CIFA and KVK, Khordha.
While interacting with the farmers and farm women in the Exhibition organized at the KVK, Khordha, Dr. Mohapatra urged the KVK for facilitating the Self-Help Groups to improve their marketing skills and organize them to form as collectives like Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations to scale-up their operations. Underlining the Government of India’s target of creating 10,000 FPOs by 2025, the Director General emphasized that the KVKs would play a key role in mobilizing the farmers and providing technical support.
During his interaction with the Scientists and Staff Members of ICAR-CIFA, he urged for focusing on the outreach & effective communication of the scientific research to the stakeholders and reorienting the research priorities for bringing out innovations that can enhance the farmers’ income.
Mr. Ajaya Kumar Dash, Head, KVK, Khordha briefed about the new facility.
The facility will have Demonstration Units for Mushroom Production, Food Processing & Value-Addition and Poultry Production. It will also be used for imparting the skill training to the farmers and farm women.