National Consultation on Integrated Development of Uttara Kannada District Held

1 September, 2012, Karwar

Presidential address by Shri. Ananathkumar Hegde, Honble MP, Uttara KannadaThe National Consultation on Integrated Development of Uttara Kannada District was organized at here today. Shri Ananthkumar Hegde, Member of Parliament, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE, and Director General, ICAR,  Dr. R.R. Hanchinal, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Dr. B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR, Dr. Madan Mohan,  Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries.), ICAR, Directors of ICAR Institutes (CMFRI, CIFT, CIBA, NIANP, NDRI, IISR, CPCRI, IIHR and CIAE, ICAR Complex Goa, Directorate of Cashew Research),Heads of State Agricultural Institutions, Department  of Fisheries, Government of  Karnataka, Chairman, NABARD presented the developments in various agricultural sectors with special reference to Uttara Kannada. Smt. Imkongla Jamir, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Uttara Kannada made a brief presentation on the resources available in the district.  

Dr.S.Ayyappan, DG, ICAR & Secreatrary DARE delivering the Keynote addressDr. S. Ayyappan concluded the discussions and appreciated Shri Ananthkumar Hegde, for taking initiative to conduct this important national meeting. The discussions led to the formulation of recommendations which was formally presented to the august body by Shri Hegde, All recommendations were accepted and a project ‘Uthran’ for the integrated agricultural development of Uttara Kannada was proposed. Director, CMFRI will be the Convener and Vice Chancellor, Universitiy of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad will be the coordinator for the project. The details of the project will be finalized after further discussions with all concerned members. Dr. Ayyappan assured full cooperation of ICAR Research Institutes and Agricultural Universities in Karnataka and Goa for implementing the project.

Address by Dr. B. Meenakumari, DDG (Fy)The presentations and discussions listed the specific technologies developed and to be developed for the three climatic zones (Coastal, Hilly and Plain) of Uttara Kannada. High yielding disease resistant crops with short life span were found to be the most suitable paddy crop for this region. Diversification (cultivation of fruits, flowers and tuber crops) was suggested to increase production.  

Major issues in animal husbandry like decreased milk yield and poor growth and reproduction could be solved by increasing fodder assimilation and incorporating micro nutrients in the feed. Major issues identified under fisheries sector included increasing production, capacity building and value addition (through better utilization of low value fishes/shell fishes and fish waste by different processing technologies).

Presentation by Dr. G.Syda Rao, Director, CMFRI View of participants

The meeting provided an excellent platform for the integration of scientific developments with traditional know-how and to identify ways and means for the holistic and efficient approaches to increase food production from agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, livestock, poultry and fisheries in Uttara Kannada District.

(Source:  NAIP Mass Media Project with inputs CMFRI, Kochi)