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‘Krishi Vasant’ a farmer centric fair launched in the city

Sharad-PawarMinistry 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 is organized as a platform to acknowledge the contribution of Indian farmers in the nation’s economy.

This national convention will witness the participation of more than 3 lacs farmers in person and reach out to more than 5 million farmers through web-cast at a District/Block level. Government Institutions, research organizations, private players, international organizations and other important stakeholders will also be participating in huge numbers. The conference cum fair, will have theme based conferences and seminars in the area of Mechanization & High-Tech Horticulture; Self-reliance in Pulses & Oilseeds; Best Integrated Pest Management Practices; Post-Harvest Management & Marketing; Sustainable Livelihood through Dairy, Poultry & Fisheries and ICT & Extension. Approximately hundred successful farmers from different states will display best practices in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries.

Nearly one thousand exhibitions and live demonstrations of crops, livestock and technologies spread over 50 acres which include 307 varieties of 54 crops, 42 breeds of buffaloes, cattle, sheep, goat, duck, poultry and varieties of wool, feed, medicine and vaccine will also be showcased. Concurrently Kisan Goshthies, buyer seller meets, access to latest technologies and cultural shows will be organized. During the breakout session farmer-scientist interactions in regional language will also be organized.

‘Krishi Vasant’ will be the biggest national agriculture fair cum exhibition to be organized at the beginning of 2014. The eventful initiative of Government of India was launched on 12th January 2014 in Mumbai in the presence of Shri Sharad Pawar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India; Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra; Shri Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil, Minister for Agriculture and Marketing, Government of Maharashtra. The mega event will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 9th February 2014 at Nagpur, Maharashtra. The event will continue for a period of 5 days. This event also coincides with centenary celebrations of Late Shri Vasant Rao Naik, who steered agriculture development in Maharashtra during Green Revolution era. The event will also be graced by many dignitaries from Central and State governments and International organizations.

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