Port Blair, Oct 19: The ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, South Andaman, organized a programme for online participation in Kisan Samman Sammelan on 17th Oct 2022 at KVK, Sippighat by inviting farmers, farm women and public representatives. The online program was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi at Indian Agricultural Research Institute at PUSA, New Delhi. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Union fertiliser and chemicals minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Union minister of state for fertilizers and chemicals BhagwanthKhuba, and Union ministers of state for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary and Shobha Karandhlaje and other senior officials also participated in the event.On this occasion the Prime Minister also inaugurated 600 Pradhan Mantri Kisan SamruddhiKendras (PMKSK) under the Ministry of Chemicals &Fertilisers. Furthermore, the Prime Minister also launched Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan UrvarakPariyojana – One Nation One Fertiliser. During the event, the Prime Minister also released the 12th installment amount of Rs. 16,000 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Agri Startup Conclave and Exhibition. During the event, the Prime Minister also launched ‘Indian Edge’, an e-magazine on fertiliser.
Mr. Madan Mohan Joydhar, a very progressive farmer from Chouldhari was invited as the chief guest during the programme.
Speaking on the occasion he motivated the participants to take integrated farming system for sustainable livelihood. Dr. Y. Ramakrishna, Pr. Scientist & Head, KVK in his keynote address briefed about the activities of KVK and also highlighted the present need for starting agripreneurship in the Islands. Dr. N. Bommayasamy SMS (Agronomy) and Dr Pooja Kapoor, SMS (Home Sc) also spoke on Natural farming and Importance of Value addition on the occasion. Dr. Y. Ramakrishna & Mr. Tanmai Paul distributed seedlings to the participants. A total of 72 farmers, farm women and others benefited from the programme. The programme was organized under the guidance and supervision of Dr Eaknath B. Chakurkar, Director CIARI, Port Blair and Dr. Y. Ramakrishna, Pr. Scientist & Head, KVK.