The publication Sakaal has instituted ‘Sakaal Person of the Year’. Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder & CMD of Grameen Bank, Dr Muhammad Yunus, will be awarded the first ‘Sakaal Person of the Year Award’ (2007) by Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar on November 17, 2007 at Pune.
On the day, Dr Yunus will also inaugurate this year’s international agriculture exhibition organised by Sakaal Group in collaboration with the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth. Coinciding with the inauguration, Dr Yunus will address over 5,000 representatives of women’s self-help groups drawn from across Maharashtra and other states. During the course of this interaction, Dr Yunus will share his Grameen Bank experience in Bangladesh. The Nobel laureate will also be felicitated at this function by the Government of Maharashtra.
Titled ‘International Hi-Tech Agri-Week’, the week long exhibition will attract around 350 exhibitors from India and abroad. The exhibition site will also witness a series of lectures and demonstrations on the themes of post-harvest management, dairy and poultry management, agri-business and micro-credit and farm mechanisation.
“The visit of Dr Yunus and his interaction with women’s self-help groups will be a big bonus this year. Ever since its inception two years ago, the exhibition has proved to be an effective platform for members of the agrarian community to strike fruitful dialogues with government authorities and other producers. This year, we shall see more international players exhibiting their products and services and sharing best practices from across the globe,” said Abhijit Pawar, Director and Publisher of Sakaal Group.
Agrowon, under whose banner the exhibition is being held, is the only daily newspaper of its kind catering to the needs and aspirations of the farming community. Apart from organising exhibitions, it also conducts lectures, seminars and workshops across the state round the year. Agrowon has become popular with the entire farming community in Maharashtra within just two years of its inception and the farmers see it as an effective platform where they can voice their grievances and aspirations, share their ideas, and absorb valuable inputs that would improve the quality of their life. The 16-page tabloid newspaper is published in Marathi from nine centres across Maharashtra.