Farmer is the biggest scientist: Agriculture Minister Prof. Chandra Kumar Farmers were honoured in the state level farmer’s fair
Palampur, 12 June. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prof. Chandra Kumar Chaudhary said that the farmer may be ignorant but is a hard worker. Farmers are currently food grains not only to meet the demand of the country but also for exports. On Monday, Agriculture Minister Govt. of Himachal Pradesh Prof. Chandra Kumar expressed these remarks while addressing the farmers, scientists and students at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day Parvatiya Krishak Mahasangam (Regional Agriculture Fair) organized at Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur. He said that the Agricultural University is playing an important role in the upliftment of agriculture and animal husbandry in the mountainous regions of the country. Speaking on agriculture diversity, he said that adoption of floriculture and fish farming can improve the income of the farmer significantly. The university should work towards transfer of the research from the laboratories to the farmers’ fields. Farmers should grow other crops in addition to grains and shift slowly to organic farming as well. Graduates of the university have to master state-of-the-art agricultural practices and technologies to improve agricultural production. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Kishori Lal also appreciated the efforts of the university. Vice-Chancellor Prof. H.K.Chaudhary, provided the details of the achievements of the university and said that this agricultural fair has been organized after ten years. The university has appointed 56 progressive farmers as Krishi Doots. Their experience will benefit the other farmers and youth. He informed the audience that plants from the fruit nursery of the university are supplied not only to the farmers of the state but also sent to other states. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University has been ranked eighth this year among the agricultural universities of the country. Ten thousand students graduated from the university are providing their services not only in the state but all over the country and abroad. University produces 1000 quintal breeder seed of various crops for various state agencies for distribution among farmers. Research projects of Rs. 100 crores are being run in the university.