Union Minister Bishweswar Tudu Inaugurates 20th Folk Fair, 13th Krishi Fair in Puri

Puri: Bishweswar Tudu, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, on Monday inaugurated the 20th Folk Fair (National tribal/folk song & dance festival) and 13th Krishi Fair 2022 at Saradhabali in Puri, Odisha.

The two fairs which are aimed at preserving tribal culture and promoting innovation in agriculture respectively will conclude on 24th June.

Inaugurating the fair, the Union Minister thanked the organisers for the event and their valuable attempts to preserve the rich tribal art and culture for the last two decades. He urged everyone to visit the stalls at the Krishi Fair and acquire knowledge of the innovation and techniques showcased from agriculture sector. The Minister also extended all support of the Union Government for the upliftment of tribals in the state.

Addressing the gathering, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Odisha Agriculture Minister said, Odisha is enriched with tribal culture and their contribution to the state economy is significant. He further said that Odisha is also a leading state in agriculture and it is a surplus state in production of rice and other crops.

The 13th Krishi Fair in the meantime is a platform for all organisations and companies with innovations, products, solutions and services related to agriculture. The exhibition has representatives from the entire spectrum of agriculture and allied industry, manufacturers, dealers, traders, exporters and consultants in agriculture, floriculture, aquaculture, sericulture and more.

The inaugural ceremony today was also attended by Khandapara MLA and founder of Sambad Group, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Puri MLA Jayanta Kumar Sarangi among other dignitaries. The fairs are being organised by Shree Shrikshetra Soochana (SSS), a non-profit NGO.

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