Hyderabad, 20 January 2017.
Dr Panjab Singh (President, NAAS) inaugurated a two-day Brainstorming Session on ‘Climate Smart Technologies for Enhancing Vegetable Oil Production’, organized by the Indian Society of Oilseeds Research in association with National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, at Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research on 19 January 2017. Dr Panjab Singh opined that global warming is a reality and is affecting the small holder agriculture very severely. He dealt with the adverse impact of climate change on agriculture and stressed on the challenge of increasing the production and conserving the natural resources. Dr Singh identified the post-harvest losses, effective marketing and disposal of the produce by the farmers as the critical issues for enhancing the production of oilseeds. Dr Singh expressed concern over the declining investment in Agricultural Research. He informed that the climate smart technologies are to be deployed keeping in view the target of doubling the farmers’ income and emphasized the need for continuous research-policy interaction.
Dr Arvind Kumar (President, Indian Society of Oilseeds Research) deliberated Brainstorming Session wherein the recommendations emanating from the Brainstorming Session shall further be discussed during Agricultural Science Congress, being organized by NAAS at Bengaluru during February, 2017 on Climate Resilient Technologies in Agriculture. He narrated that the per capita consumption of vegetable oil is continuously rising due to increased consumption from urban and rural people. Dr Arvind Kumar highlighted the importance of increasing the oilseed production in the India to meet the rising demand. He stressed the need for development of farmer friendly climate resilient technologies in oilseeds with emphasis on cost reduction and enhancing the productivity.
(Courtesy: English Editorial Unit)