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* FM radio service for farmers launched in Jharkhand *

*Ranchi, March 3:* As Pushpa Porwal of the World Development Foundation, New
Delhi, increased the volume on the mixer console and said "*namaste*",
Ranchi's fifth FM station came to life.

Radio Birsa Hariyali on the 107.8 FM bandwidth went on air at 4.20pm today
with a brief inaugural message from Governor Syed Sibtey Razi.

Sponsored by the Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi (BAU), this is the
capital's fifth radio station after the All India Radio (AIR) and three
private broadcasters — Big 92.7, Radio Dhamaal and Radio Tarang.

Funding for the prestigious project, the first-of-its-kind to be operated
from a university campus in Jharkhand, came from the union information and
broadcasting ministry while World Development Foundation, New Delhi, came up
with the necessary expertise.

The foundation is also organising a month-long RJ training programme at BAU
that is being attended by 16 youngsters from all over the state. The
coverage area would be around 25km, nearly the same as AIR, Ranchi.

BAU director (extension education), R.P. Singh, told *The Telegraph* that
unlike other stations Radio Birsa would not be a commercial venture, as its
target audience would comprise rural people, farmers and their wives.

Initially, the broadcast would be limited to two hours in the morning and
again for two hours in the evening. The timings would be gradually

Radio Birsa would play a positive role in enhancing the agriculture
development of Jharkhand, Razi said in his inaugural broadcast at BAU.

The governor pointed out that apart from various farm-oriented programmes,
Radio Birsa would also have direct question-answer sessions during which
experts would address their problems.


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