Kisan Goshti held at Saibona, Neelgunj, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal on 29 November, 2016

Kisan Goshti was organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore at Saibana village under Ichapur- Neelgunj Gram Panchayat, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal on 29 November, 2016. The programme was organized in collaboration with Department of Agriculture (DoAg), Govt. of West Bengal and Ichapur-Neelgunj Gram Panchayat. More than 200 farmers from 10 villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gourav (MGMG) by CIFRI took part in this programme out of which 30% were female including 15% tribal farmers. The purpose of the programme was to develop linkages with the farmers and DoAg, Dept. of Veterinary, Livestock & Animal Health including Fisheries. An interactive session was also organized to create awareness of climate change on overall production of Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal health including Fisheries. A pamphlet on "Climate change and its impact on fisheries" was distributed among the farmers. Various problems regarding agriculture, fisheries and animal health & production were also discussed in details. Ms. Regina Bibi, Panchayat Pradhan, Ichapur-Neelgunj Gram Panchayat appreciated the initiatives taken by ICAR-CIFRI for giving a platform to discuss the problems of the farmers directly with the Scientists and Departmental officials at village level.


Dr. B. K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI in his welcome remarks emphasized the need of integrating farming system as to get its impact in increasing household income of the farmers. He encouraged the farmers to adopt new technologies in the respective field of agriculture, fisheries and allied aspects to support rural livelihood to a more dignified way. Dr. B.P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division of CIFRI elaborated the importance of small indigenous fishes in providing nutritional security to rural people. Dr. U. K. Sarkar, Head, RWF Division of CIFRI explained the impact and mitigation strategies for combating climate change in agriculture and fisheries sector.
Dr. Asesh Pal, Block Veterinary Officer (VO), Barasat Block I, 24 Parganas (N) gave information about the various schemes for rural people under veterinary and animal health Department. Dr. Bijan Majumdar, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-CRIJAF discussed the importance of bio fertilizer and urged the farmers to use bio-fertilizers by reducing drastically the use of chemical fertilizers. Dr. Madhumita Nandi Gosh, Asst. Director of Agriculture (ADA), Barasat, Govt. of West Bengal informed the farmers about the schemes under DoAg and asked the farmers to adopt new technologies. Dr. Chinmoy Majhi, Subject Matter Specialist, KVK, Ashok Nagar, 24 Parganas (N) discussed the various issues relating to veterinary, animal health including production


Shri. Kaushik Dutta, KPS, DoAg took active role in inviting the farmers from 10 adopted villages of ICAR-CIFRI and they congregated even in the peak period of rice harvesting. CIFRI Team with able leadership extended by the Director and well coordinated by Dr. A. K. Das, In-charge E&T Cell successfully organized the Kisan Goshti. Dr. Sitangshu Sarkar, In-charge E& T Cell, CRIJAF, Dr. A. K. Poddar, Advisor, KVK, Neempeeth and Dr. Ashok Chattopadhyay, Reliance Foundation including the Scientists of CIFRI participated in the programme and took active part in Scientists-Farmers interactive sessions. The programme was ended with National Anthem.