23 November 2021, New Delhi: “The ICAR-ATARI, Patna caters to the needs of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras along with providing them with the requisite technical support”, said Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare. Mr. Tomar was delivering the virtual inaugural address of the Administrative Building of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Patna, Bihar here at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi today.
The Union Minister underlined the Prime Minister’s vision to establish the Cold Storage and Warehouse Facilities in every Village of the country. Mr. Tomar urged to link the small and marginal farmers with the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) for the betterment and empowerment of the farming community. Encouraging the farmers to practice Integrated Farming to ensure water conservation was stressed by the Union Minister. He also accentuated on the need to attract more Youths to adopt agricultural and farming practices.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) stated that the role of ICAR-ATARI, Patna is to disseminate and strengthen the agricultural technological support to the KVKs of Bihar and Jharkhand.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR highlighted the pivotal roles played by the Council in apprising the small and marginal farmers about the various employment opportunities in Fisheries, Honeybee Farming, etc. He also accentuated on the ICAR and its KVKs’ efforts for the promotion of Singhara and Makhana Cultivation in Bihar.
Dr. Anjani Kumar, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Patna proposed the vote of thanks.