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13 October 2023 Inauguration of the 114th All India Farmers Fair and Agro Industry Exhibition of the University, His Excellency the Governor of Uttarakhand present as the chief guest today. The ribbon was cut by General Gurmeet Singh. The inaugural session was attended by Vice Chancellor, Dr. Manmohan Singh Chouhan; Vice Chairman of Farmers Commission Mr. Rajpal Singh, Kichha MLA Mr. Tilak Raj Bahed, Director Extension Education, Dr. J. P. Jaiswal; Director Research Dr. A.S. Nain, and other guests were present. After the inauguration of the fair, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Manmohan Singh Chauhan took His Excellency the Governor to visit the garden exhibition organized in the fair and the stalls of various exhibitions organized by the university. The main inauguration ceremony was held in Gandhi Hall Auditorium which was presided over by Director Extension Education, Dr. J.P. Done by Jaiswal.

Chief Guest His Excellency the Governor. General Gurmeet Singh, in his address, said that it was a great pleasure to come to the Kisan Fair organized in the University, in which the students have presented the innovations of agricultural technologies, AI and climate technology through models. Which is a commendable work. He said that we should move forward together in solidarity. Today is also a day of joy because farmers and scientists in the university have been honored for their excellent technologies. He said that there is a need to bring revolution in seed production. The quality of packing has been done very well by the self-help women of Uttarakhand in the Kisan Fair, which is a commendable work. He described the coming time as that of women and daughters. The university has played a role in the field of food. The scientists of the university have provided innovations, new species and technologies to the farmers, due to which the farmers are increasing their income by using those technologies. He said that the university has been honored with the Sardar Vallabhbhai Excellence Award thrice by ICAR in the past and hopes to receive this award again next year. He challenged the scientists of the university that 100 kg. Custard apple worth more than Rs. 10,000 should be grown in the university. Honorable Prime Minister’s campaign International Year of Millets 2023 is being celebrated as ‘ShriAnn’ in 72 countries. He described millet as the blessing of God’s food. He said that coarse grains contain high amount of nutrients due to which our body becomes disease free. He stressed the need to bring revolution in the field of seeds and called for taking the latest technologies to the farmers.

Shri Rajpal Singh said that there is a need for research in the university because there is a possibility of water shortage in the coming times. He told that the way chemical fertilizers, urea etc. are being used in the soil, the water level is decreasing. He said that he talked about promoting small scale industries and cottage industries.

In the program, Vice Chancellor Dr. Manmohan Singh Chauhan said that so far 450 stalls have been set up in the 114th Kisan Mela and Rs. An income of Rs 36 lakh has been achieved, which is a record so far. 33 crore tones of food grains are being produced in the country, which is feeding the country’s 140 crore population. All this has been possible with the cooperation of scientists and farmers. He said that this year 7 species of pulses have been developed in the university, which in total has so far developed 252 species of different crops. He called upon the scientists that there is a need to develop innovative technologies. He called upon everyone to cooperate.

At the beginning of the inaugural session, Director Extension Education Dr. J.P. Jaiswal welcomed all the visitors and gave information about the fair. At the end of the program, the University’s Director of Research, Dr. A.S. Nain presented the vote of thanks. On this occasion, various agricultural literature were released by the guests present on the stage and 9 farmers selected through Krishi Vigyan Kendra from different districts of Uttarakhand and scientists who developed various crop species were also honored.

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