Take technological advances to farmers, researchers told

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The advancement of science becomes fruitful only when the technology developed helps to improve the progress of society, said S. Sarma, Minister for Fisheries, here on Friday.

He was addressing the valedictory session of ‘Krishi Darpan', the two-day programme organised by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) under the ongoing project of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to bring scientific knowledge to farmers.

Mr. Sarma said scientists, in turn, could learn from the field in their researches. This mutual interaction would ensure that scientific advancements have socio-economical impacts. Steps should also be taken popularise scientific advancements made in agriculture, Mr. Sarma said.

Awards presented

He also presented awards for the best stalls in the exhibition, which was arranged as part of the programme. B. Meenakumari, director, CIFT, presided. K.A. Unnithan, scientist-in-charge, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Njarakkal; K.K. Sasi, district animal husbandry department; C.M. Devassy, former Vypeen block panchayat president; and S. Ashalatha, CCPI of the project, CIFT, spoke.

Machines for uprooting of tapioca plants and climbing coconut trees and value-added products of fish, nutmeg and fruits were on display at the exhibition on Rajendra maidan. The event was organised as part of the programme for ‘mobilising mass media support for sharing agro-information' of the Directorate of Information and Publications in Agriculture, New Delhi. A scientist-farmer interactive session was also arranged for the identification of the problems of farmers and solving them.

Mayor Mercy Williams inaugurated the programme. B. Meenakumari, director of the institute, presided.

Saira Banu, Joint Director of Fisheries, Ernakulam and Paul T. Kunnathu, Deputy Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, Ernakulam; S. Ashaletha, Balasubramanian and P.T Mathew, scientists of the institute, attended.