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Agriculture Conclave was organised at Inaugural Hall, IGP Lucknow on 5th October 2018 as part of India International Science Festival 2018 (IISF 2018). The inaugural address was given by Honourable Union Minister of State in Agriculture – Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with special address by Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture in Govt of Uttar Pradesh – Shri Surya Pratap Shahi. Dr. T. Mahapatra, Secretary DARE & DG, ICAR gave special address. Over 1200 farmers and 75 Agriculture students participated in the event along with Directors of 11 ICAR institutes and 2 Vice Chancellors of Agricultural Universities in Uttar Pradesh. The representative of about 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) also participated.

Shri Shekhawat, MOS (Agriculture), GOI emphasised the use of modern technologies in Indian agriculture to make India take global leadership in Agriculture. He also stressed the need for value addition in agriculture. He also suggested bringing the value-addition in Agriculture produce along with food processing.

Shri Shahi, Minister (Agriculture), Govt. of Uttar Pradesh highlighted various initiatives taken by Govt of Uttar Pradesh towards transformation of agriculture by use of modern technologies. He also stressed the need for increasing the productivity toward doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.

Dr. T. Mahapatra presented various initiatives of ICAR along with success stories / achievements and also highlighted the importance of technologies reaching to the farming communities.

There were four technical sessions on:

  • Enhancing income through diversification;
  • Mechanization;
  • Natural Resources management; and
  • Post-harvest management and value addition.

The Directors of various ICAR institutions made presentation on available technologies and solutions to solve various problems of farmers along with enhancing their agriculture income. The farmers closely interacted with these Directors / Scientists towards solving their problem in various agriculture activities such as vegetable cultivation, disease / pests in pulses, reproduction problem in cattle, vaccination in cattle, water harvesting and conservation, organic farming etc.

The event was successful by brings farming community directly interface with scientist, Directors of Agriculture institutes and policy makers.


The Department of Biotechnology announces the Access of it’s Research Resources and Facilities supported across the country, by way of Scientific Infrastructure Access for Harnessing Academia University Research Joint Collaboration, (SAHAJ). Each DBT Autonomous Institute and DBT supported Infrastructure programme will make available its high end equipments and infrastructure to Research Institutes, Universities, Colleges and Start -ups /Entrepreneurs. Their website shall reflect Infrastructure facility usage forms with well defined usage charges terms and conditions.

The details of the application procedure can be accessed at the respective websites of the Institutes hosting these facilities.

Facility User Details

Advances in rice production for women farmers: Los Banos, Philippines, 24th September – 28th September, 2018

Videos of interview of the women farmers

1. Dr Chetana Rudragowda Patil JD Agri Dist Raichur Karnataka

2 Dusi Annapurna, Progressive farmer Distt Srikakulam AP

3 Jamuna Dutta Baruah Progressive farmer District Delang Assam

4 Lalita Reddy Satti Progressive Farmer West Godavari District Andhra Pradesh

5 Laxmi, Progressive farmer, District Raichur, Karnataka

6 Lilabati Boro, Progressive Farmer, District Derrang, Assam

7 Priyanka Maity, NRLM staff & farmer, Kolkata,West Bengal

8 Ranjana Kukreti, Progressive farmer, District Pauri, Uttarakhand

Rapid fire:

  • Four day long India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) concludes in Lucknow.
  • IISF witnessed more than twenty thousand registrations and a gathering of more than ten lakh people making it the biggest festival of this kind in Asia.
  • The motto of New India henceforth can be “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan & Jai Anusandhan”: Union Minister Dr. HarshVardhan.
  • Union Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari launches a dedicated website on Science in India.

The four-day long mega science expo, India International Science Festival (IISF) concluded in Lucknow on 8TH October 2018. IISF-2018 witnessed a vast gathering of more than 10 lakh people and more than 22 thousand registrations, the highest in its four-year history making it the largest festival of its kind in Asia.

IISF which was inaugurated by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind saw a confluence of Scientists, researchers, students, farmers and people from a wide spectrum discussing, debating, and witnessing how science and technology are shaping New India. Congratulating all the stakeholders, the Union Minister informed the gathering that the four-day long festival saw a presentation of more than twelve hundred research papers, the participation of nearly twenty thousand experts and delegates participating in the event.

Speaking at the valedictory function Dr. Harsh Vardhan Union Cabinet Minister at Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences said that after witnessing the huge participation in this four-day-long science festival, it will not be wrong to add Jai Anusandhan to the quote “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan” given by former Prime Ministers of India. “More than 1200 research papers were presented, participation of more than 1500 farmers was witnessed apart from a sea of young enthusiasts of science making this festival unique of its kind in the world” said Dr. Vardhan congratulating all the stakeholders and further adding that such science festivals should now be a regular feature of not only Central but state government as well.

Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari who was the chief guest at the valedictory function launched a website dedicated exclusively to science in India ( Highlighting the pervasive role of Science & Technology across all the major schemes of Government of India Shri Gadkari said that today is the time to make India a super economic power. “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Research and Science; we name it as knowledge and conversion of knowledge into wealth is the future of our country”, said the Union Minister. Sh. Gadkari also elucidated how research and technology in alternative fuel (esp. biofuel) is swiftly changing the transport industry.

IISF 2018 also saw two major Guinness World Records being made one of which was a World Record successful attempt to “isolate DNA” by 550 students from class 8th to 10th standard.

IISF-2018 with its focal theme “Science for Transformation” had more than 23 special events in its 4th edition. The fifth edition of the science festival will be held in eastern India.

PIB press release

हिंदी अनुभाग

आचार्य जगदीश चन्‍द्र बोस हिंदी ग्रंथ लेखन पुरस्‍कार योजना के तहत जैव प्रौद्योगिकी से संबंधित विषयों में पर्याप्‍त संख्‍या में संगत पुस्‍तकें प्राप्‍त न होने के कारण पुस्‍तकों की प्राप्ति तिथि को आगामी 1 माह के लिए अर्थात 4 नवम्‍बर, 2018 तक के लिए बढ़ाया जाता है। सभी संबंधित विश्‍वविद्यालयों, स्‍वायत्‍तशासी संस्‍थानों और महाविद्यालयों के उपकुलपतियों/रजिस्‍ट्रार से अनुरोध किया जाता है कि वे उनसे संबंधित संस्‍थाओं में इसका पर्याप्‍त प्रचार करें और इच्‍छुक व्‍यक्तियों से अपनी पुस्‍तकें भेजने के लिए प्रेरित करे। इस संबंध में आपसे पर्याप्‍त सहयोग की अपेक्षा है।

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