12th April, 2016, Hyderabad
ICAR – Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad celebrated its 31st Foundation Day on 12th April, 2016.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, New Delhi was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr Singh, in his foundation day lecture highlighted the importance of research, extension and participatory approaches for enhancing farm level profitability in rainfed drylands and significant role CRIDA played in developing location specific rainfed technologies through its network centres, NICRA program and 151 climate resilient villages established across the country, 600 district agriculture plans towards adaptation to climatic variability and extreme climatic events etc. He also appreciated the work of CRIDA thought its coordination with various national programs and state rainfed mission in order to implement at ground level. He urged the young scientists and research scholars to focus on identifying the field level problems and dedicate the research programmes to address the same. He also emphasized on integrated farming systems approach for enhancing farm profitability.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, in his welcome address highlighted the achievements of the Institute and appreciated the contributions of the predecessors as well as current employees in the growth of the Institute. He also highlighted the activities planned for the future and the action plan to implement the same.
On this occasion, 20 farmer innovators from 10 states: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa were facilitated for their innovative farming practices for enhancing productivity and climate resilience.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)