09th November, 2012, Goa
Twenty second meeting of Regional Committee VII hosted by ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Old Goa was inaugurated at International Centre Goa here today. His Excellency Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Governor of Goa inaugurated the meeting. He urged the scientists to come forward to promote agricultural production and productivity. He called for identifying the problems faced by the communities and solutions for the same. His Excellency stressed the need for strengthening the agriculture research and extension services, and evolving strategies to empower farmers. He mentioned about the problems faced by agriculture due to global warming, competitions, reduced soil health, land holding fragmentation and called for the solutions.
Dr. Ramkrishna Kusmaria, Minister of Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh stressed the need for maintaining the soil health for sustained production. He advocated organic farming, conservation of indigenous livestock breeds. He floated the idea of starting a University on Organic Farming. He expressed the concern about weak extension linkages and called for its intensification.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR gave an overall account of agriculture scenario in India vis-à-vis the states under Region VII. He stressed the need for conservation of agricultural resources, their processing, value addition and food safety. He urged the scientists to bring prestige and profitability in agriculture profession so that young generations get attracted to it. Dr. Ayyappan called for registration of more GIs for the crops and commodities in the region.
Dr. M. M. Pandey, DDG (Engg. and NRM), ICAR presented overview of the region and role of the regional committee.
Dr. N. P. Singh, Director, ICAR Research Complex for Goa welcomed the dignitaries and participants.
During the inaugural session awards instituted by NAIP were presented. Publications from different ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities were also released.
Secretaries to Government of India and State Governments, Deputy Director Generals of ICAR, Vice Chancellors of Agricultural Universities, Officials from State Governments, Directors of ICAR Institutes and Scientists from ICAR are participating in the meeting.
Dr. K. R. Kranthi, Director, CICR, Nagpur and Member Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Goa)