30th May, 2016, Pantnagar
Dr. K.K. Paul, Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand inaugurated the 24th meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Regional Committee No. 1 here today. The two-day meeting is being organized at G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. The Committee has a mandate for north-western hill states, viz. Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for research and development in agriculture and allied sectors.
Dr. Paul, in his inaugural address, said the important issues on which this Committee should pay attention include mixed cropping, developing location-specific farming system models, making organic production more profitable for farmers, making available certified planting material and seeds, develop techniques to keep wild animals away from fields, development of better agricultural implements, overcoming challenges like crop failure and low productivity and linking farmers with markets for remunerative prices through niche commodities. He said the Committee played an important role in forging an effective liaison and coordination amongst ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and State Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of the various state governments. He hoped that this Committee through in-depth deliberations would evolve appropriate strategies and policies for long-term sustainable development of agriculture in the region.
Shri Gulam Nabi Lone (Hanjoora), Agriculture Minister of J&K, in his address, said special niche areas of J&K like scented rice, saffron, rajma, Pashmina goat, horticulture products, etc. help in making agriculture of state profitable and therefore, need more research so that dependence of famers on government could be reduced. He also desired to have suitable varieties for rainfed and climate resilient areas and integrated development.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR said through this Committee the Government of India and ICAR reach to the doorstep of the State Government to understand their problems of agriculture and allied sectors and find their solution. This region has immense opportunities, but formidable challenges and expressed need to link famers with the market besides providing them seed and planting material of high quality suitable for the region.
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Horticulture) and Nodal Officer of this Committee, in his opening remarks, highlighted the specialities and the excellent work being undertaken in this region.
Dr. Mangla Rai, Vice-Chancellor, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, while welcoming guests and delegates, desired the Committee to also discuss the recommendations of three important conferences recently held at Pantvarsity related with hill agriculture, zoonotic diseases and agricultural journalism, and give suggestions to implement them.
Members of the ICAR Governing Body, Vice-Chancellors and scientists of state agricultural universities, directors of ICAR institutes, officers of different departments of state governments and ICAR are participating in the meeting.
Dr. P.K. Mishra, Member-Secretary of the Committee and Director, Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun, proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: GBPUA&T, Pantnagar)