Jhansi, 30 January, 2011
Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Shri Sharad Pawar visited National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi on 30 January 2011. Shri Pawar expressed in his address that he was eager to visit these Institutes for a long time, and congratulated the scientists of the National Research Centre for Agro-Forestry (NRCAF) and Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI). Shri Pawar stressed the need for development of agroforestry, fodder and feed resources so that the huge livestock populations in the country are fed adequately. He emphasized that in semi-arid conditions agroforestry plays an important role for tree fodder availability.
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 A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (NRM) and Dr S. K Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), 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.
Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR in his address informed that development of forage resources including agroforestry is high on the agenda of the ICAR.
Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF, Jhansi presented the salient research achivements of the Centre including the Garhkundar watershed which is being appreciated at national level.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with intput from NRCAF, Jhansi)