ICAR-NDRI, ERS, Kalyani organized ‘Livestock and Agriculture Mela’

‘LIVESTOCK AND AGRICULTURE MELA’ under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) project of Eastern Regional Station of ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Kalyani was organized in the tribal dominated Ajodhya Hills of Purulia district in West Bengal on November 22, 2018.

Around 600 tribal farmers visited the mela and the total footfall in the mela was more than 700. One veterinary health camp was organized on the occasion in which vaccination of livestock was carried out and veterinary medicines were distributed among the tribal farmers. Nearly 857 indigenous cows, 20 heifers, 39 calves, 53 buffaloes, 1595 goats, 5 sheep and 2243 birds were treated. Exhibition of agricultural technologies was showcased through several stalls. A total of 2200 chicks were distributed among 220 tribal farmers and 60 black Bengal goats were handed over among 30 tribal farmers in the mela.

Livestock competition was also organized. The farmers were awarded for maintaining good quality animals (cattle, buffalo and goat). Quiz competition was organized to check the knowledge level of the farmers and they were encouraged with prizes for every correct answer. The mela was presided over by Dr. Bimlesh Mann, Joint Director (Research) of ICAR-NDRI and Sri Sujoy Banerjee, President, Purulia Zilla Parishad was Guest of Honour.

In her presidential address, Dr. Bimlesh Mann highlighted the role of TSP Project carried out by ICAR-NDRI in economic upliftment of tribal farmers. Sri Sujoy Banerjee, President, Purulia Zilla Parishad informed the farmers about the various schemes of state government for tribal development. Dr. T.K. Dutta, Head, ERS-NDRI, Kalyani, elaborated the background of organizing “Livestock-cum-Agriculture Mela” in tribal dominated area.