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Two Progressive Farmers of ICAR-CCARI Awarded with Prestigious IARI Innovative Farmer Award

13 June 2024, New Delhi: Two progressive farmers of ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa were conferred with the coveted IARI–Innovative Farmer Award for the year 2024 today by ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, for their outstanding contributions to the development of agro-eco-tourism and fish-based integrated farming systems.

Mr. N.K. Kurian, Managing Director, Mango Meadows, received the award for agro-eco-tourism and biodiversity conservation. The park, which spans 30 acres, conserves 4 lakh trees, 4,800 plants, 64 fish, and several livestock species. As the world’s largest agricultural theme park, it employs over 300 people and showcases the country’s biodiversity heritage. The park also educates children about food sources and attracts scientists and research students to study the conserved plant and animal species.

Mrs. Anita Mathew was awarded for her innovative fish-livestock-horticulture-based integrated farming system. She has inspired many young entrepreneurs in Goa to adopt a climate-resilient approach, inspiring them to start profitable businesses in various sectors. The environmentally conscious farming approach offers financial, social, and environmental benefits, promoting a more sustainable future.

Dr. Parveen Kumar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, Goa, and his team documented technologies using high-quality photographs and prepared an application for the IARI-Innovative Farmer Award 2024.

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