Bangaluru, 31 May 2010
His Excellency Dr. Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Governor of Karnataka, inaugurated the 12th Biennial Workshop of the All India Coordinated Mushroom Improvement Project (AICRP) at the sprawling campus of the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) here today. While delivering the inaugural address His Excellency stressed the need to diversify agricultural and horticultural activities to generate employment in rural areas.
Dr. Bhardwaj lauded the role of the research institutions of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, especially the IIHR, for enhancing the per capita availability of fruits and vegetables in the country and leading India towards nutritional security. While appreciating the India’s position as second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, he emphasized on the excellent nutritive and medicinal value of mushroom and urged for development of farmer friendly technologies for mushroom cultivation through recycling of agricultural and horticultural wastes. He showed concern for the economic uplift of the landless and marginal farmers in which such technologies can be of great help. Cultivation of a variety of fruits and vegetables is the need of hour to diversify and strengthen respective baskets, he added.
Dr. H P Singh, Deputy Director General, Horticulture, ICAR, while delivering key note address, elaborated the significant achievements and milestones of horticultural research in the country and presented a glimpse of appropriate technologies for farmers.
(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA based on inputs from IIHR, Bangalore)