Agricultural Development in the Region Emphasized through Science and Technology
Patna, 21st September, 2012
Sri Narendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Bihar inaugurated the XXI Meeting of ICAR Regional Committee-IV, being organized at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna. Sri Singh opined that there is lot of potential in Bihar and other eastern states for agricultural development which needs to be harnessed with concerted efforts of scientists and development departments. He exhorted the scientists and officials to pay maximum attention to the needs of the small farmers by improving the process of location specific technological interventions and initiatives for timely transfer of technology.
Sri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Animal |Resources and Fisheries highlighted the role of animals, poultry and fisheries in diversification of farming systems and augmenting the income of farmers and nutritional security in the form of high quality protein. He stressed that in Eastern states animal husbandry sector is lagging behind despite its very high potential which need urgent attention.
Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR in his presidential address said that agriculture needs a big push through technological interventions and technology transfer efforts, for which the ICAR is strongly committed. He emphasized on multi -faceted growth in agriculture sector and exhorted the participants to utilize the multiple platforms to identify areas of regional importance in agriculture and deliberate over for setting priorities for the XII plan and develop road map for agricultural development in states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. Mangla Rai, Advisor to Government of Bihar and former Director General, ICAR elaborated the agricultural development priorities in the eastern region. The water management, soil conservation, seeds of high yielding varieties, biotechnological interventions, food processing, marketing and trade are the areas to be paid maximum attention.
Dr S K Datta, DDG (Crops Science), ICAR highlighted the role of biotechnological interventions in crops and livestock for enhancing productivity in the region.
Dr B P Bhatt, Director, ICAR-RCER welcomed the delegates and highlighted the achievements of RCER, Patna in development of agriculture in Eastern region.
Functionaries of agricultural institutions including the Vice Chancellors, directors of ICAR institutes, deans of SAUs, officials of development departments from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in region IV participated in the meeting to discuss the agenda of agricultural development in the region.
Dr Gaya Prasad, Member Secretary and Director, IVRI, proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna)