At a time when most sectors of the economy have been grappling with a slowdown, the Agriculture sector has witnessed accelerated growth. To throw spotlight into this greenfield sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and State Government of Maharashtra are jointly organizing 'Krishi Vasant' a Farmer Centric Fair-cum-Exhibition from February 9th to 13th at Central Institute for Cotton Research ( CICR), Nagpur. Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII) is associated as a Strategic Partner with this grand event. The event was launched today in Mumbai.

"Indian agriculture has experienced a turnaround. It has seen 3.64% growth rate and we now have 260 million tonnes of food grain that is enough to feed the country and export some as well. Last year, India was the largest exporter of rice and second largest exporter of wheat, sugar and cotton in the world. This is hence the perfect time for 'Krishi Vasant' the largest ever gathering of farmers and everything involved with farming ever in the country. This event was a long felt need," said Sharad Pawar, minister for agriculture and food processing industries, Government of India.

The event would have over 1000 stalls and demonstrations, see 307 varieties of 54 different types of crops exhibited and have interactive session with scientists and experts in regional languages. The event will have over half a million visitors and over five million more farmers will benefit from dedicated webcasting of the event across the nooks and corners of the country, down to the block level.

Nagpur to Host Krishi Vasant Farm Exhibition in February

Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister, Government of Maharashtra, said, "This is the most ambitious agricultural exposition and demonstration ever in India. It is also the largest event for any sector ever in the country. In our agro-based economy, this is the beginning of putting farmers and farming in the centre-stage. Farmers need the knowledge, the interaction and the networking to take agriculture to the next level."

Chavan added, "One of the main purposes is to allow farmers to see success stories, to see and understand technology, see live demonstrations of various crops and know about agricultural practises. "

"The first Green Revolution in India was technology driven, the next one will be information driven and Information Technologies will be used at a massive scale to disseminate information. This event will be a watershed in the history of Indian agriculture," Chavan said.

Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, said, "When all other sectors of the economy have not been doing as good, agriculture has provided the silver lining. Not only is the event being organized in spring that gives a message of renewal, growth and prosperity of harvest, it is also a precursor to what we intend to do in the next few years in the field. "

Sanjeev Gupta, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India said, "It will be a multi-sectoral event where agro industries, research institutes, central and state government organizations, farmers, producers, students, academics, scientists etc. will converge for five days of direct access to the latest knowledge and technology concerning agriculture."

Source
Economic Times
12 Jan 2014,
Pune, India
by - Jayashree Bhosale & ET Bureau

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