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Lok Sabha Speaker Mr. Om Birla inaugurates the two-day Agriculture Festival-Exhibition at Kota, Rajasthan

25 January 2023, Kota: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan, has organized a two-day Agriculture Festival-Exhibition and Training at Dussehra Ground in Kota, Rajasthan on 24th-25th January 2023. This will push Kota Division into a leading player in the field of agriculture and rural development. The exhibition was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Mr. Om Birla and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Mr. Kailash Chowdhary.

Apart from the senior officials from the Central Government, State Government, and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, there were around 15,000 farmers, Agri startups, corporates,  bankers, extension workers, and employees of private agricultural institutions who participated on the first day of the event.

Mr. Samuel Praveen Kumar, Joint Secretary (Extension), Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India delivered the welcome address.

Lok Sabha Speaker Mr. Om Birla said that India is an agricultural country. Our country is at the forefront of food production. In the changing agricultural landscape, we should resolve to use contemporary practices, and using innovation, we should aim to become a frontline country in the world. He said that AatmaNirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) will be realized when our farmers use new agricultural practices, innovation, value addition, more crop per drop, etc. Mr. Om Birla stressed on the use of horticulture, startups, and drones. He said that through Startups, we have worked to bring down production costs in some instances, and in other cases, we have increased production, at some places we have set up food processing units, and at other places, we have achieved value addition.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Mr. Kailash Chowdhary, while addressing the farmers, said that keeping in view the global scenario of the agriculture sector, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has implemented several important schemes for the progress of Indian agriculture. This is proof of dedication towards farmers and efforts being made to increase their income. The combined budget allocation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in the year 2013-14 was Rs 30,223.88 crore, which has been hiked by more than 4.59 times to Rs 1,38,920.93 crore in the year 2022-23.

In the exhibition, 150 stalls have been set up to provide farmers with updated information related to agriculture. Keeping in view the important role of startups in the field of agriculture, 75 stalls of Startups have been set up in this exhibition, which is one of the main features of the exhibition. Information about the schemes being run by the Central and State Governments for the farmers is being provided through the various stalls set up in the exhibition. Along with this, private sector companies/organizations related to the supply of various inputs for agriculture have also displayed their products.

After the formal inauguration of the two-day agriculture festival, exhibition, and training program, parallel farmer training sessions were organized in three training rooms on modern and scientific agricultural techniques on the subjects of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, and dairying. Two training programs each were organized in all three auditoriums this afternoon. Farmers were taught the nuances of remunerative farming by various subject experts. Six training programs were organized on the contribution of Quality Seeds in crop production, advanced cultivation of guava and amla in Farmers Producer Organization Kisan Bazar, Kota division, Climate Smart Farming Practices, Sheep Farming for additional income and importance and use of Nano Urea in Sustainable Farming, etc.

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