The two-day Central Shri Ramakrishna Kisan Mela (Farmer’s Fair) was inaugurated on 9 February 2023 under the joint aegis of Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Education and Research Institute, run by Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Morabadi, Ranchi. The fair was inaugurated by Shri Badal Patralekh, Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Jharkhand, and Shri Rajesh Kachhap, MLA of Khijri Legislative Assembly. This is the 44th Kisan Mela organized in Angada block, Ranchi, Jharkhand. The theme of the fair has been kept as “Healthy Soil – Healthy Crop – Healthy Society only through Natural/Organic Farming”. This Kisan Mela was mainly sponsored by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ranchi; National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ranchi; Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Ranchi; Welfare Department, Government of Jharkhand and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.
Swami Bhaveshananda, Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, welcomed the guests by presenting them uttariya cloth, plants and products manufactured by Divyayan KVK. In his welcome speech, he said that Ramakrishna Mission is celebrating its 125th anniversary, which is ever ready to serve the villagers. He discussed about the activities of Nawagarh and Adarsh Jaivik Gram, Ghurleta and Adarsh Jaivik Gram Panchayat in Angada block. He inspired the farmer brothers who came to the fair to do natural / organic farming.
Mr. Rajesh Kachchhap, present as a special guest, said in his address that protection of nature is our ultimate religion. It is absolutely necessary to adopt natural farming for the conservation of water, forest and land.
Addressing the farmers as Annadata, Honorable Minister Shri Badal Patralekh, the chief guest, inspired them for the construction of a new Jharkhand. He proposed Ramakrishna Mission Ashram for the expansion of agricultural technologies in Jharkhand. Praising the participation of agriculture in the field of GDP, he described the farmers as their base. He talked about ensuring the participation of farmers in various schemes run by the state government to make them self-reliant.
560 agro-based crops, vegetables, fruits and 9 products related to cottage industries were registered in the fair. A total of 30 stalls related to agriculture were set up in the fair. Special techniques were displayed in the fair on the occasion of International Year of the Millet 2023.
Vivekananda Seva Sangh was given the Best Seva Sangh award for doing excellent work. Mr. Santosh Bedia, a progressive farmer of Barwatoli Angada, was awarded for the best farmer for doing excellent work in agriculture.
District Agriculture Officer, Mr. Vikas Kumar, Anjani Kumar Srivastav, Head of Angada Block Mr. Bhubaneshwar Bedia, and more than five thousand farmers, participated in the fair.
The inaugural programme was conducted by Dr. Rajendra Kumar Singh.