Venue and Date: Seth Kishanlal Kankariya State Higher Secondary School Nagaur on 12th October, 2021.
Efforts to give special recognition to Nagauri Pan Methi (kasuri methi). Kisan mela on Nagauri Pan Methi was organized on 12th October 2021 at Seth Kishanlal Kankariya State Higher Secondary School Nagaur, Rajasthan. The Kisan Mela was organized by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, DBT Biotech Kisan Hub, South Asia Biotechnology Centre, National Research Centre on Seed Spice Ajmer, Spice Board of India, Department of Agriculture, and Ambuja Cement Foundation. The main objectives of Kisan Mela were to enlist Nagauri Pan Methi in the Scheduled Spices List of the Spices Board of the Government of India, to gather farmers testimonials for preparation of application for Geographical Indication (GI) of Nagauri Paan Methi, and also to connect farmers with processors and exporters.
Venue and Date: ICAR-NRCSS, Tabiji, Ajmer on 28th October, 2021
Cumin farmers from various districts of Rajasthan participated in DBT’s Farmers-Scientists Connect Meet. Ajmer, Rajasthan on 29th Oct 2021 as part of Farmers-Scientists Connect Meet by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Govt of India. On the occasion, Biotech Kisan Hub for Western Dry Region, the National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer (ICAR-NRCSSS) & South Asia Biotechnology Centre, Jodhpur (SABC) in collaboration with the Spices Board of India and Department of Agriculture Rajasthan organized Cumin Production and Value Chain System on 28th October 2021 at Auditorium, NRCSS, Ajmer.
Venue and Date: KVK Danta, Barmer district of Rajasthan on 13th November, 2021
“Farmer Scientific Dialogue Program on Scientific Production Technology of Cumin” was organized by KVK, Danta; DBT Biotech Kisan Hub; South Asia Biotechnology Centre, Jodhpur; ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer; Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan and Spices Board India Government of India on 13th Nov 2021 at KVK, Danta, Barmer. Hundreds of farmers, mahila kisan and progressive farmers participated in the scientists-farmers interaction program from the cumin production growing areas of Barmer.
Venue and Date: Krishi Upaj Mandi Osian, Jodhpur on 29th January 2022
The Spices Board India in collaboration with DBT Biotech Kisan Hub, South Asia Biotechnology Centre, RSAMB, and Osian Mandi, Jodhpur jointly organized Regional Seminar on Seed Spices Program “Quality Production and Export of Seed Spices” on 29th January 2022 at Krishi Upaj Mandi Osian, Jodhpur.
Venue and Date: Mandore Industry Association Hall, Jodhpur on 31st January 2022
The Spices Board India and DBT Biotech Kisan hub, Jodhpur engaged agri-business, entrepreneurs, and traders of Mandore Industries Association as part of the Market Linkage cum Stakeholders Engagement Program “Strengthening Processing, Value Addition & Market Linkages of Seed Spices”, held jointly with South Asia Biotechnology Centre and RSAMB at Mandore Industry Association Hall, Jodhpur on 31st January 2022.
Venue and Date: DBT Biotech Kisan Hub, Jodhpur on 14th February 2022
Shri Kamal Ji Patel, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Madhya Pradesh visited the Biotech Farmers Hub Biotech Kisan facility and R&D laboratory of South Asia Biotechnology Center Jodhpur on 14th February 2022. SABC scientists briefed him about R&D activities being carried and shared experiences about scientific field demonstrations on seed spices. Progressive farmers of Madhya Pradesh accompanied the delegation
Venue and Date: Spectrum Resorts, Udaipur, Rajasthan on 5-6 March 2022
South Asia Biotechnology Centre's Bhagirath Choudhary participated as chief guest and guest of honor in the 6th Annual Spice Meet of Federation of Indian Spices Stakeholders (FISS) held on 5-6 March 2022 at Spectrum Resorts, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Other dignitaries included Sh D Sathiyan, Secretary, the Spices Board of India; APMC Unjha, Chairman Sh. Dinesh Bhai Patel; FISS Unjha, Chairman Sh. Devendra Patel and Secretary Sh. U. Karthik, FISS trustees, and office bearers, members of FISS and around 600 colleagues from spices fraternity, trader, processers, agribusinesses & exporters, farming and scientific community, Dr. Shrishail K Kulloli of Spices Board regional office Jodhpur and media including Sh. Mrityunjay Jha, Zee Business; Ms. Manisha Gupta, CNBC Awaaz; Mr. Vishwa Mohan Kumar of the Times of India.
Venue and Date: ICAR-NRCSS, Ajmer, Rajasthan on 11 March 2022
ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Indian Society of Seed Spices and Biotech Kisan Hub for Western Dry Region, supported by Department of Biotechnology organized a mega Seed Spice Farmers Fair-2022 at ICAR-NRCSS Tabiji, Ajmer on 11 March 2022. Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sh Kailash Choudhary inaugurated the mela as Chief Guest and Sh Bhagirath Choudhary, MP Ajmer as a special guest along with MLAs, elected representatives, directors of ICAR institutions, VC of SAUs, officials from State and Govt of India and around 1200 smallholder seed spices farmers, Mahila Kisan, and media.
Venue and Date: ICAR-NRCSS, Tabiji, Ajmer on 4th November 2020.
Strictly complying with the Covid_19 norms, around 40 farmers representing different villages from Nagaur and Ajmer districts attended the program jointly organized by Biotech Kisan Hub, National Research Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS), South Asia Biotechnology Centre and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India at NRCSS, Ajmer on 4th November 2020. While strictly following “no mask, no entry” & physical distancing norms, farmers and scientists interacted on various issues affecting cumin production, processing and export from Rajasthan. Due to Covid_19 pandemic, the organizers distributed masks and interacted with farmers on Covid_19 measures.
Venue and Date: Department of Agriculture office, Nagaur on 3rd December 2020
The Department of Biotechnology’s DBT-SABC Biotech Kisan Hub for Western Dry Region, the Spices Board of India, ICAR-National Research Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS), and the Department of Agriculture, Nagaur district of Rajasthan have organized a brainstorming meeting “Nagauri Paan Methi: Origin, domestication, crop improvement & production system” on Thursday, 03rd December 2020 at the Department of Agriculture office, Nagaur, Rajasthan. The purpose of the meeting was to interact with officials of the Nagaur agriculture department, KVK-ATMA, College of Agriculture Nagaur, ICAR-NRCSS, and SABC to gather the requisite information, data sets on the origin and spread, and testimonials of farmers growing Nagauri paan methi.
The Project Steering and Monitoring Committee (PSMC) led by Dr HS Gupta, Dr. Md Aslam and Dr. B Venkateswarlu of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India visited Biotech Kisan Hub for Western Dry Region for review and monitoring of DBT-SABC Biotech Kisan hub and field demonstrations from 11 to 14 March 2021. The team visited field office, tinkering biotech laboratory and demonstration fields along with a team of experts from South Asia Biotechnology Centre, the Spices Board of India and industry representatives. The team noted excellent work being carried out by Biotech Kisan Hub in Western Dry Region, carefully monitored the field performance and closely observed value chain partnership developed to strengthen backward integration with industry.