Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Meghalaya’s progress among the states at the live telecast of Krishi Unnati Mela, 2018 organized by ICAR.
Addressing 681 KVK’s through live telecast reaching out to 7 lakhs progressive farmers, Agricultural Scientists and Directors of ICAR institute, PM Modi said, “The state of the cohort, the small area, has shown a great job. Farmers in Meghalaya have broken a five-year record of yields during the year 2015-16.” and urged farmers of the region to strive for organic status.
Meanwhile, Krishi Vigan Kendra (KVK) Ri Bhoi for the first time was awarded the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Vigyan Protshahan Puraskar (National and Zonal) 2017.
The award was received by Dr N Prakash Director for ICAR RC for NEH Region and Dr Mokidul Islam, Senior Scientist and Head KVK Ri- Bhoi. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2.25 lakh for purchase of farm equipment and training of KVK staff.
The focus of the programme was “Drive to doubling farmers’ income”. Prime Minister also said that the objective of the event was to create awareness about the latest agriculture-related technological developments.
He said that two set of pillars are involved in the ‘New India’ movement the scientist and the farmers’ where he expressed that such fairs should be organized in far-flung areas like the Northeast region where the farmers can get better exposure in order to contribute to the second “green revolution”.