22 March 2022, New Delhi: “The Farmers and Farm Women living in the remote areas of Jaisalmer must step forward in adopting the advanced and latest agricultural innovations and technologies for doubling their income and better future of their agriculture”, urged Mr. Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare. Mr. Choudhary was delivering the inaugural address of the “Kisan Mela” organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jaisalmer – I, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone – II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan today.
The need for organizing such Farmers’ Fair for reaching the farmers at their doorstep and fields with the agricultural innovations and techniques was stressed by the Minister. He advised the farmers for working on doubling their income from the processed products of Bajra, Cumin and Kair-Sangri which are regarded as the identity of Jaisalmer.
Mr. Choudhary emphasized on the processing of Bajra as Biscuits, Oats, Chocolates, Juice of Cumin and Processing of Sangri for fetching better prices in the market. He also suggested the farmers to opt for the plantation of the improved “Thar Shobha” Variety of Khejri for earning better fruit of Sangri.
The Minister provided the Registration Certificate to the Members of Board of Directors of FPO – “Shresthtam Swarn Nagri Krishak Producers’ Company Limited” registered in Jaisalmer District in collaboration with the NABARD. The Leaflet on “Entrepreneurship and Income Opportunities for Rural Women in Herbal Gulal Manufacturing” published by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jaisalmer also released by Mr. Choudhary during the occasion. The Minister also provided the farmers with the Ram of Marwari Breed of Sheep for the Breeding purpose to 10 farmers.
Dr. Subhash Chandra, Director, Directorate of Extension Education, SKRAgricultural University, Bikaner, Rajasthan highlighted the extension activities extended to the farming community by the University and KVKs, especially, for the Jaisalmer Region farmers.
Dr. P.S. Shekhawat, Director Research, SKRAU, Bikaner encouraged the farmers for adopting the climate-resilient improved varieties of crops for enhancing the yield.
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr. Deepak Chaturvedi, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK, Jaisalmer – I highlighted the main objective of the Fair.
More than 2,000 farmers, farm women and rural youths along with 25 Public Representatives, 40 Officials from State Agriculture Universities, ICAR Institutes, KVKs, State Line Departments and other Agencies participated in the Fair.