18th November, Port Blair
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi organized a Workshop for the Agro-Climatic Zone of the Island region at ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI), Port Blair in collaboration with ICAR - Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ICAR-ATARI), Bengaluru.
Dr. T. Janakiram, Assiatant Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR, Chairman of the workshop emphasised on the area expansion plan for oil palm at Andaman and introduction of farmers friendly programme for overall development of agriculture in the region. Eco-tourism, value addition/floriculture, native fern and foliage plants should be given importance, he added. Besides, linkages with other relevant institutions will strengthen the institute. In his concluding remarks, he flagged the idea of making CIARI as the Deemed University for Island Agriculture.
A Technical bulletin on Weather Based Agricultural Practices for Island Ecosystem was also released on the occasion.
Smt. R. Menaka, IAS, Secretary, Agri/AH/Fish, A&N Administration stressed on the development strategies to be adopted for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries sectors. She emphasised on self sufficiency, disease free status, National & International market, trained manpower, technologies for value addition in milk products. Besides, she also elaborated on the major programmes undertaken by the administration namely on soil health card, increasing milk production and inland fisheries.
Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-CIARI informed that the workshop has been organised with an aim to develop strategies for development of agriculture and its allied sectors in the Island region comprising of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep group of Islands. It will also help formulate strategies and roadmap for providing technological backstopping towards sustainable development of agriculture and its allied sectors in the region for food, nutrition, livelihood and environmental securities.
Dr. S. Dixit, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru facilitated the programme and informed on the purpose, the goal, review agenda and ground rules for formulating the strategies for the Island-Eco region.
Directors and senior officials from ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural, Animal Science, and veterinary universities and KVKs of the region Participated in the workshops and provided their inputs for providing solutions to specific problems of farmers.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI), Port Blair)