15th November 2016, New Delhi
National Symposium on “Agrochemicals Research and Education in India: Appraisal and Roadmap for future” (15-17th November 2016) was inaugurated at National Agricultural Science Complex, New Delhi today. The Symposium is jointly organisedy by Society of Pesticide Science, India and Division of Agricultural Chemicals, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
In his inaugural address, Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers urged the scientists to come out with eco-friendly pesticidal molecules and biopesticides. He highlighted the efforts of his ministry in recommending Neem coated urea at National level.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in his Presidential address, emphasized upon the need to strengthen research efforts in the direction of environment friendly crop protection products safe to human health.
The Ministers felicitated Dr. C. Devakumar, former ADG ICAR, Dr. B. S. Parmar, former Joint Director IARI and Prof. R. B. Singh, Chancellor, CAU, Imphal for their contributions in the development and promotion of the neem-oil coated urea.
The symposium was celebrated to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of Division of Agricultural Chemicals, IARI, New Delhi, which was established on 14th November, 1966.
The three day symposium witnessed a number of dignitaries from industry as well as academia during its seven technical sessions.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi)