Jhansi, 6 September 2016.
Professor P. Rajendran (Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University) inaugurated a two-day National Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on ‘Forage Crops and Utilization for rabi 2015-16’, organized by Kerala Agricultural University at Vellayani-Thiruvanthapuram Campus on 5 September 2016. Prof. Rajendran emphasized on the need of more attention on livestock sector in Kerala as the demand for meat and milk in the state is increasing and state has to import the livestock products from other states. The farmers need cheaper and implementable technologies for getting higher income from their livestock.
The meeting consisted of technical sessions in which, the results based on last year’s technical programme were presented and discussed. Technical programmes for 2016-17 were formulated in discipline wise concurrent sessions and finalised in the plenary session. Several administrative, financial and scientific issues were also discussed. The deliberations were on the activities undertaken by the project during the rabi 2015-16 and future thrust of the scheme; the activities undertaken by KAU for forage research and put emphasis on the need for suitable technologies for the state and the availability of seed and planting material etc. The plenary session was chaired by Dr I. S. Solanki [ ADG (F&FC)] who stressed that the acreage under forages will not increase due to competition from other sectors, hence efforts should be made to increase productivity per unit area and per unit time and also explore new niches for enhancing fodder resources. Dr Solanki urged to develop nutritionally superior varieties of forage crops suitable for different cropping sequences.
During the Varietal Identification Committee meeting ‘OL-1802’, ‘OL-1804’ (by PAU, Ludhiana); ‘OS-403’, ‘OS-405’ (by CCSHAU, Hisar); ‘RO-11-1’ (by MPKV, Rahuri) in oat single cut and multicut systems were identified for release for different zones.
Publications including the Annual Report of AICRP Forage Crops, Minimal Descriptors (Forage Crops), Crop varieties – Their demand and supply; innovative technologies for sustainable forage production, souvenir by KAU, Green fodder production from pearl millet and cowpea in kharif by SKRAU and extension bulletin in regional languages by different AICRP centers were released
More than 120 forage scientists, experts and stakeholders from public (CAU, SAUs & ICAR); Regional Fodder Stations, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries; National Dairy Development Board and private companies/ institutions participated in the meeting. Progressive farmers also joined in the interactive session and interacted with the scientists.
(Source:National Group Meeting of AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization,Jhansi)