Krishak Sammelan (Kisan Goshti) held at Babpur, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal

Krishak Sammelan (Kisan Goshti) was organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore at Babpur, under Khilkapur Gram Panchayat, 24 Parganas (N), Barasat, West Bengal on 30 Jan, 2017 at the Babpur Utsav-2017 Ground. The programme was organized in collaboration with Babpur Utsav-2017 Committee and Khilkapur Gram Panchayat. More than 500 farmers mostly women members (75%) of Women Self-Help Groups (SHG) from 10 villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gourav (MGMG) by CIFRI took part in this programme out of which 10% tribals. The Babpur Utsav-2017 - was organized to showcase rural handicrafts, flower, agriculture, pisci-culture & animal husbandry, rural health & cleanliness awareness program including cultural and was inaugurated by Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore. The purpose of the Kisan Goshti was to develop linkages with the farming communities through SHGs by involving line Departments of the State. The BDO of Barasat Block-I took active part during the program. Various problems regarding agriculture including fisheries were also discussed in details. Mr. Sk. Manuar Ali, Panchayat Pradhan, Khilkapur Gram Panchayat appreciated the initiatives taken by ICAR-CIFRI for giving a platform to discuss the problems of the farmers directly with the Scientists at village level.


Dr. B. K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI in his welcome remarks on the inaugural day emphasized the need of such rural fair to provide a platform to interact the farming community of rural sector with social workers, legal advisories and scientists for all round development of the rural economy. 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.K. Behera, Principal Scientist of CIFRI elaborated the importance of fish farming along with other agriculture activities (grain & vegetable production including animal husbandry) for economic growth and livelihood support in this sector. He urged the members of WSHG to come forward by involving them actively in fish farming, farming of small indigenous fishes and ornamental fish husbandry to improve nutritional security to rural people.

ICAR-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. Such type of interactive programs will be of immense help in strengthening knowledge and put forward for capacity building to the rural farming community in a modest way. The programme was ended with the National Anthem.