National Oilseeds Kisan Mela-2017 is organized on September 10, 2017 by ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research (IIOR, formerly DOR) at Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, in collaboration with National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Government of India.

The programme started with the inauguration of exhibition stalls byDr. W. R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (NIRD & PR), Hyderabad. Around 100 exhibitors including companies dealing with agricultural inputs, machineries and credits, oilseed extractors and processors, NGOs, Farmers Organizations, Agricultural Research and Extension Institutions participated in the Exhibition. It was followed by visit to demonstration plots of recently released hybrids and varieties of oilseed crops viz., Castor, Groundnut, Sesame, Soybean, Sunflower and Niger, profitable intercropping systems in different oilseed crops and best management practices including drip irrigation in Castor. More than 2000 farmers from 12 states participated in the programme.

Dr. A. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad, in his welcome address emphasized the need to use quality seed, soil test based fertilizer application, following all the recommended best management practices, drip irrigation etc. so that yield can be increased by 40-60% as shown in Front line demonstrations. He advised the farmers to produce their own seeds especially in self pollinated crops by forming Farmers' association. Farmer’s income may be increased by adding value to their produce (Ex. oil, cake etc.) and they become entrepreneurs.  Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ATARI (Zone-V), Hyderabad, while addressing the farmers, remembered the role of the unique Krishi Vgyan Kendras (KVKs) in benefiting farming community. Critical technologies suited to the particular areas are being demonstrated by conducting thousands of demonstrations under NMOOP. Our goal should be to increase farmer's income by increasing production, reducing expenses using latest technologies and practicing climate resilient agriculture.

Dr. Anupam Barik, Additional Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India, in his address as guest of honour, acknowledged the huge participation of farmers and exhibiters from various private and public sectors. He stressed the need for cutting down unhealthy level of 18 kg per capita edible oil consumption in the country to healthy level of 12-13 kg. Oilseeds area is slowly expanding to north east states in rice fallows and need to expand in coastal areas. Delivering his presidential address, Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice-chancellor of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, insisted that cropping pattern to be decided based on market demand. He also mentioned about e-NAM where markets are linked and the facility should be used by farmers. By following soil test based fertilizer recommendation, mechanization, quick transfer of technology through mobile apps, and with value addition we can overcome the major challenges faced by the oilseed farmers such as non availability of labour, less price, deterioration in soil fertility and climate change impact. Dr. P. K. Singh, Project Coordinator (Linseed), Dr. P. K. Mathur, Director, Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research (IIOPR), Pedavegi, Andhra Pradesh, Dr. V. Ranga Rao, Chairman, and Research Advisory Committee of IIOR were present on the dias.

During the programme, a total of 29 innovative farmers from different states were felicitated by the dignitaries for their significant achievements in oilseeds production. Farmers from different states shared their experiences on oilseed farming.

The programme was concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. G. D. Satish Kumar, Principal Scientist, IIOR, Hyderabad. 

On the second day of National Oilseeds Kisan Mela 11.9.2017, students from different schools participated and visited the demonstration plots of oilseed crops, different stalls in the exhibition, museum of IIOR and participated in quiz programme. About 1300 students from 14 different schools which include government schools, kendriya vidhyalaya and private schools participated in the programme. The students are enthusiastic to learn many things about agriculture and also oilseed crops.