22nd September 2013, Uttara Kannada
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research inaugurated a technical workshop on ‘Value Addition of Pineapple Fruit Residue for use as Animal Feed’ at Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka here today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Ayyappan lauded the efforts of NIANP and the team for taking the initiative to create wealth from waste by using pineapple fruit residue for animal feed as there is a huge deficit of feed resources available for livestock. He also emphasized upon the need for addressing farmers’ problems in a holistic manner and to provide adaptable solutions. Dr. Ayyappan also gave his remarks on the various aspects of agriculture including conservation agriculture, precision agriculture and secondary agriculture.
Dr. Ayyappan also visited Pineapple farm of a progressive farmer, Dr. Abdul Rauf Shaikh at Banavasi and two farms involved in mango cultivation and dairy entrepreneurship. He visited the Goshala maintained by Ramachandrapur Math and appreciated the initiative taken by the Math for the conservation of indigenous cattle germplasm.
Earlier, Dr. C.S. Prasad, Director, NIANP, Bangaluru welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the gathering on the various farmer-friendly technologies developed by the Institute while, Dr. N.K.S. Gowda, Principal Scientist, NIANP made a brief presentation on the technical aspects on the use of pineapple fruit residue as cattle feed.
Shri Shantaram Hegde, President, TSS, Sirsi; Shri G.M. Hegde, President, TMS, Sirsi; Dr. K.T. Sampath, former Director, NIANP; Dr. N.M. Venkataram, former Managing Director, KMF; Dr. S.L. Yogesh from NABARD and a large number of farmers, officers from Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Karnataka and Karnataka Milk Federation participated in the workshop.
(Source: NIANP, Bengaluru)