16 December 2022, New Delhi: The workshop was inaugurated by Minister-in-Charge Sri Pradip Mazumdar, Panchayat and Rural Development, Government of West Bengal. Sri Pradip Mazumdar, Minister-in-Charge Panchayat & Rural development of West Bengal appreciated the effort to conduct such workshop for FPCs/FPOs of the district and mentioned that FPCs are the future of farming community. He has also emphasized need of technology backstopping to attain sustainability in farming & schemes like Matir Sristi prokolpo and Krisak Bima Yojana which has played a vital role in development of farming community of the district.
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) inaugurated NIRD Cold Room on the occasion of One Day workshop on FPCs/FPOs activities of the district.
Dr. H Pathak, while addressing the workshop stated to perceive the fullest potential of the FPCs/FPOs more technical skill-oriented training is needed. He has taken keen interest in convergence of line departments at district and state level and inter-state exposure visit of FPCs to expedite the control over their business. He appreciated the concept of Mrittika’ branding of FPCs/FPOs products by WBCADC-Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bankura.
Smt. Radhika Aiyar, District Magistrate Bankura, Dr. F. H. Rahman, Principal Scientist, senior officials of Govt of West Bengal and around 150 FPCs, FPOs, Farmers Group and SHG cluster members were present in the workshop.
Dr. F H Rahman, Principle Scientist, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata while welcoming the Guests highlighted the need of FPCs/FPOs to attain sustainable livelihood and security at their end. He also explained the need of diversifying product items and creating innovative marketing channel.
Dr. Moumita Dey Gupta, Head of CADC-KVK Bankura briefed about the initiatives/activities taken to promote FPCs of the district.
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