Union Agriculture Minister Shri Sharad Pawar visits Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute

30 January 2011, Jhansi

Shri Sharad Pawar, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India, visited Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi on 30 January 2011.  Shri Pradeep Jain ‘Aditya’, Hon’ble Union State Minister for Rural Development, Govt of India also graced the occasion. Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and Director General ICAR, Dr P.K. Basu, Secretary Deptt of Agriculture & Cooperation, Dr S. K Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), Dr A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (NRM) from the ICAR were also present on the occasion. A scientists-farmers interaction was organised with the Hon’ble Ministers. A large number of farmers, press and media persons attended the programme.

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Shri Sharad Pawar expressed in his address that he was eager to visit these Institutes for a long time, and congratulated the scientists of the IGFRI and NRCAF. On this occasion, Forage Crops Varieties and special issue of Chara Patrika were released. Shri Pawar stressed the need for development of fodder and feed resources so that the huge livestock populations in the country are fed adequately. He emphasized that new forage varieties should be developed and the seeds should be made available timely at adequate prices. Various technologies such as making fortified feed-blocks should be encouraged to improve feeding standards of animals.

Dr S. Ayyappan, in his address informed that development of forage resources is high on the agenda of the ICAR.

(Source: IGFRI, Jhansi)