The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has taken the lead in recognizing farmers' innovations.

A National farm innovators meet was organised recently at JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Suttur, Mysore District, Karnataka.

About 200 farm innovators (innovative farmers) representing 25 states viz., Maharashtra, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Nagaland, Bihar, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Gujarat participated in the meet.

Book on innovators

A publication entitled “Farm Innovators 2010” published by the Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR, New Delhi was also released.

Each farmer was allotted 5 minutes to explain his/her innovation or modification of existing technology/practice with power point presentation. Farmers explained their brief bio-data, name of innovation, description of innovation and practical utility of innovation.

Some of the farmers showed their innovations with video shows as supporting document.

Questions and answers were allowed immediately after farmers' presentations in each session for discussion. Each session was concluded with Chairman and Co-chairman's remarks.

Models and specimens

Farmers displayed their innovations with suitable write-up as well as models and specimens.

For more details and copy of the publication contact Dr.S. Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Directorate, Zone VIII, Indian Council of Agricultural Research , MRS, H.A.Farm post, Hebbal, Bangalore– 560 024, Email: prabhukumar@gmail.com, phone: 080-23510616 and 080-23410614 Extn.30, fax: 080-23410615.