Innovative Agriculture Awards Conferred to 32 Farmers
Dhanuka Agritech conferred 32 awards to farmers on their first edition of Dhanuka Innovative Agriculture Awards.
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Dhanuka Agritech, India’s domestic agrochemical group has felicitated farmers at the first edition of the Dhanuka Innovative Agriculture Award (DIAA) on 9th of January 2020. The award ceremony and seminar was organized at the National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC), New Delhi. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti was the Chief Guest along with Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, India.
Some 32 awards were conferred to farmers in various categories for adopting and practising innovative farming techniques. Twelve farmers received Innovative Farmers Award and one farmer received ‘Farmer of the Year’ Award for outstanding contribution to agriculture. Eight awards were given in the water and rainwater harvesting categories to farmers and institutions, two awards were given for best working innovative technology in agriculture to both KVK’s and agriculture universities (national and state level). Also, four awards were given for innovation in extension service to dealers and distributors.
Kailash Choudhary appraised Dhanuka for its efforts and said, “The group’s efforts of creating such platform which will inspire farmers and motivate them towards innovative farming. All the farmers should learn from them to become the sole owner of their crops and the farmer should be able to fix the price of his crop. Going forward our farmers should be rich and should be in the position to give loan rather than taking it”.
R G Agarwal, Chairman, Dhanuka Agritech said, “We have instituted these awards to felicitate the innovative farming community. Our effort is to encourage farmers and the agricultural community to share their practices to enhance crop productivity and their income. There are many awards in various categories but for farmers, there are not many awards and our company took this initiative seeing the future need for water and food security”.
Ashok Dalwai, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority said, “Now we are thinking to secure that community who has made our country food secure. We must emphasize on income security of farmer friends. Unless they are secured our aim of food and nutrition security, feed and fodder security and ecology security will not be fulfilled. All our knowledge, science, policies need to be reoriented to benefit them and we have the capacity to do it. Green revolution must not be perceived negatively but we should also take lessons from the milk revolution of our country. After income security, our next step would be to make farmers businessman who works for profit which will be done through policy and other changes”.