BHU organizes Kisan mela and Agro- Industrial Exhibition
12 March, 2014 | Varanasi
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU witnessed a huge gathering of farmers, scientists, students, commercial organizations and other stakeholders on 7-8 March, 2014. The two day Kisan Mela and Agro-Industrial exhibition was organized by Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in collaboration with AIP.
Day 1: March 7, 2014
Dr. A.K.Singh, Professor & Head, Dept. of Extension Education and Convener, Kisan Mela, welcomed all the participants and resource persons. Highlighting the objectives of the mela, he emphasized its importance as a platform bringing all the stakeholders together and providing out of farm exposure to the farmers.

Prof. Saket Kushwaha, VC, Lalit Narayan Mithila University and Chief Guest for the function addressing the farmers stressed on the need for empowering women. He called the farm women to achieve self-sufficiency and meet the present expectations by way of increasing growth in rural areas by way of increasing growth in rural areas through non-farm sector as well. He praised Dept. of Extension Education for their endeavors in extension activities and training of farmers.

Prof. Ravi Pratap Singh, Director, I.A.S presided the function. He emphasized on the training activities carried out with the help of AIP at different locations as one of the major initiative for capacity building of farmers.

Mr. A. K. Dixit, special guest from Union Bank of India delivered an informative lecture regarding different credit facilities available in banks. He adored Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Dept. of Extension Education to bring farmers, banks, NGO’s and other stakeholder’s altogether. On this special occasion 50 progressive farmers were facilitated Excellency certificate.

Day 2: March 08, 2014

Women’s Day Celebration

The second day of the kisan mela witnessed celebrating the contributions of women, especially farm women to the society by dedicating the mela to female farmers on the auspicious occasion of International Women’s Day. Five female farmers: Munni Devi from Gaurakala, Khairun Nisha from Rustampur, Kalawati Devi from Ghughuri, Munni Devi from Prahladpur and Malti Devi from Chhahi were specially honoured on the occasion. These women belong to marginalized and landless section. They are involved in flower and vegetable cultivation and economic empowerment including other social issues.

Mr. Sudesh Oberoi, Manager, Allahabad Bank and the alumni from the first batch of Dept. of Extension Education as special guest of the day addressed the participants and encouraged the student’s especially female students of various departments of agriculture and allied sectors to come forward to work for the real needs of the farmers.

The mela proved quite useful and the participants showed keen interest in obtaining information regarding the current practices and technology in agriculture. The participants not only interacted with the faculty but shared their day‐to‐day issues and got expert advice.

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