ICAR - Industry Day on Agro-based Industry Status and Scope conducted at CARI

Port Blair, 29th November 2012

ICAR Industry day on the theme "Agro based industries in Islands – status and scope" was conducted today by CARI at its Garacharma Research Complex. Speaking on the occasion Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI & Chairman of the event, emphasized that the context of scientific enterprising is changing in the era of globalization. It is increasingly realized that participative mode of action will be more meaningful for addressing national needs of sustainability in ensuring nutritional and agricultural security for all. At the same time bringing profitability in agriculture sector for all segments of the society i.e. farmers, entrepreneurs, industry, traders and other stakeholders. He also underlined the various technologies developed by the CARI in agriculture and allied field and the varieties of rice, coconut, vegetables and other which have been released for the benefit of the farming community.

ICAR - Industry Day on Agro-based Industry Status and Scope conducted at CARI

At the outset Dr. P. Krishnan, Incharge, ITMU give a brief presentation on the CARI technologies. Thereafter, Shri M.N. Murli, Director, Industries gave an account of the food processing scope and the National Mission on Food Processing which is run by the Department. Shri M.A. Salam, Director, Agriculture stressed to go for viable schemes like coconut virgin oil, desiccated coconut powder, bee keeping and protected cultivation of vegetables. Further he added that the subsidy pattern in the island should to enhance in the tune of NEH region. Shri J. Chandra Shekhar, Assistant Director, Fisheries spoke on the potential of cage culture. Dr. N.P. Singh, Joint Director, AH&VS mentioned for fodder development and popularizing maize cultivation as major thrust in the sector of livestock development. Mr. M.A. Wazid, Senior Manager, Milk Plant, ANIIDCO spoke on the milk byproducts like curd, khoa, paneer and ghee making as livelihood options for the youth. Mrs. Ratna Kannan, Chairperson, A & N Social Welfare Board emphasized on creation of centralized marketing facilities of all the Andaman products so that it gets importance and good price. Shri G. Bhasker, President, Andaman Chamber of Commerce gave a brief background of the Island agriculture and future vision. He stressed to disseminate the information to the end users and exhorted to the house to make available tourism related fruits like watermelon, pineapple, dragon fruit etc. in order to get premium rate. Shri Athirstavel, GM, NABARD gave presentation on the farmers technology transfer fund, rural innovative fund and umbrella programme of Natural Resource Management which address to transfer of technology from lab to land, livelihood opportunities and employment to rural youth. Mrs. Susan of Susan Roses laid upon the challenges like non availability of good quality of soil which is reducing the productivity. She suggested making of coco pith from coconut and improving the marketing. Mr. Senthil of IMPL and Mr. Rubin Fernando of Rubin sea food invited the stakeholders on providing marketing opportunities for the sea food. The others speakers on the occasions were Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Manager, Lead Bank, SBI, Shri Adhikari, Programme Coordinator, WBVHA, Shri Ravi George, from CPTL, Fr. J. Manikam, SURABHI, Mr. Mohan, CEO, Yuva Shakti, Shri Nipen Nag, Member, Zilla Parishad, Mr. Kundan Lall, District Youth Coordinator, NYK, Mrs. Poornima, Entrepreneur, Coconut Shell Craft, Shri Jagdish Halder, Entrepreneur, Bee Keeping, Shri Satya Prakash, Entrepreneur, Vermi Compost, Shri Murugan, Entrepreneur, Poultry, Shri M.P.V. Ravindran, Entrepreneur, Dairy, Dr. D.R. Singh, HoD, Horticulture, Dr. R.K. Gautam, HoD, Field Crops, Dr. A. Kundu, HoD, Animal Science, Dr. Velmurugan, HoD, NRM , Dr. P. Krishnan, HoD, Fisheries, Dr. Ajmer Singh, Incharge, Social Science. The programme was also attended by Dr. Nagesh Ram, PC, KVK, South Andaman along with his team of SMS.

In the concluding remarks Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI expressed his happiness on coming together of Heads of Departments of A & N Administration, NGOs, Banks, NABARD, Entrepreneurs, A & N Social Welfare Board, Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, ANIIDCO, Industries department and KVK for the purpose of enhancing the learning experience and mutual thrust. It has developed a better understanding among the stakeholders and efforts will be taken to materialize the outcome of the ICAR Industry day on mutually agreed terms between ICAR and Industry for the ultimate benefit of agriculture and farmers.

The ICAR Industry day was coordinated by Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Senior Scientist and Organizing Secretary of the event.

(Source: CARI, Port Blair)