16-17 May 2016, New Delhi
A two-day (16-17 May 2016) National Workshop on Pulses and Oilseeds – Technology Evaluation and Demonstration was organized by the Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) while inaugurating the workshop, categorically stated that the investment on promotion of pulses and oilseed along with focussed approach in mission mode is required. He further stated that the country need to produce 4-5 mt of additional pulses for meeting the domestic requirement and this can be possible only if we develop the blue print of the action plan very objectively and deliverables to be quantified in the defined time frame.
Dr. AK Singh, DDG (Agricultural Extension.), ICAR,welcomed the participants and shared the experiences of Rabi pulses and oilseeds at the country level and also briefly outlined the Pulses Technology Demonstration and Seed Hub Programme. There is need to concentrate on new varieties and situation specific technologies, managing demonstrations to harvest maximum yield advantages, promoting farmer to farmer spread of the produce as the quality seed and encourage value addition of pulses at the farmers’ level, he added.
Dr. JS Sandhu, DDG (CS), ICAR, focused on need for effective implementation of such programme which is target and aim oriented. The technologies of pulses and oilseeds alongwith the new and improved varieties are to be utilized in the demonstration which may yield the perceptible advantages.
Dr, SK Malhotra, Agricultural Commissioner, Govt. of India, emphasized the Government of India’s commitments for food, nutritional and livelihood security and stressed for increasing the seed replacement rate in pulses, more use of certified and quality seeds by farmers and provision of protective irrigation for such crops specially during winter season.
Shri. Sanjay Lohia, Joint Secretary (Crops), DAC&FW delineated the approaches of Ministry for enhancing the pulses and oilseed production in India which include focused approach for breeder seed production, establishing seed hubs in the country, distribution of seed minikit, enhancing the subsidy in such crops, and production of biofertilizers by the state agricultural universities.
After deliberations, it was proposed in the workshop that there may be 100-150 such seed hubs in the country and each hub may be entrusted the responsibility to produce about 1000 q of quality seed per year and this way the country may be able to produce about 1.5 lakh q of quality seeds which may be approximately 5% of the total seed required by the country.
The action plan for the year 2016-17 for the cluster frontline demonstration of pulses and oilseeds were also finalized.
Senior Official of ICAR, DAC&FW, ATARI and KVKs participated in the Workshop.
(Source: Agricultural Extension, ICAR)