Jodhpur, 23rd September, 2011
The All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (AICPMIP), Jodhpur organized the National Demonstration of Pearl Millet Commercial Hybrids on 23rd September, 2011 at Jodhpur.
Dr. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), highlighted the potential of hybrids to enhance crop production under rainfed conditions. He stressed enhancing hybrid adoption especially in Rajasthan, the state that has more than 5 m ha under pearl millet cultivation, to further increase crop productivity to ensure food security and to provide additional income to farmers. He mentioned that such a large number of pearl millet hybrids are grown together for the first time in India.
Dr. A.K. Dahama, Vice-Chancellor of the SK Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner underlined that the economy of the Rajasthan state depends on pearl millet and this serves as the source of livelihood and economic security of rural population. He suggested that the seed of hybrids developed by AICRP, Jaipur should be given further push through public-private partnership.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Coordinator (Pearl Millet) highlighted that the purpose of demonstrations was to educate the farmers and seed production agencies with the latest released hybrids in order to reduce the time gap between hybrid development and its adoption.
Dr A.S. Faroda, former Chairman, ASRB; Dr. M.M. Roy, Director, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Dr. Sain Dass, Former Project Director, Directorate of Maize Research, Dr. R.P. Jangid, Director Research, SK RAU and several state government officials from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pardesh were present during demonstrations.
More than 200 participants including farmers, policy makers, researchers, states department of agriculture, states seed corporations, national seed corporations, seed traders and seed dealers attended these demonstrations. In addition, all 13 Project Incharges of AICRP on Pearl Millet and more than 50 Plant Breeders from ICRISAT, Patancheru and private sector participated.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from AICPMIP, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)