16th July, 2014, Cuttack
The 86th ICAR Foundation Day was celebrated at Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack on 16th July 2014. The programme was presided over by Dr. T. Mohapatra, Director, CRRI, Cuttack. Dr. Debaraj Panda, Former Director, WALMI, Odisha and Dr. P. K. Mohapatra, Former Dean, College of Agriculture, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, respectively. Scientists from CRRI main campus as well as Regional Research Stations, Technical staff, Administrative staff, Research Fellows and Students attended the programme. Ten progressive farmers from different villages of Cuttack district participated in this programme and they were felicitated for their involvement in field trials as well as innovativeness in farm productions.
The programme started with the ICAR song. Dr. P. K. Mohapatra, Guest of Honour, spoke on ’Agricultural education under ICAR’ and emphasized the necessity of revising the course curricula to fill the vacuum created due to lesser focus on practical aspects that has resulted in skill deficiency among the agricultural graduates. He suggested greater interaction/collaborative mode of operation in order to harness the academic strength of SAUs and research strength of ICAR Institutes synergistically. Dr. Debaraj Panda, Chief Guest spoke on ‘Agricultural research focus of ICAR to address the farm problems’ and highlighted the importance of both genetic and management factors in realizing the potential yield and its stabilization as well. He also called for a concerted approach to tackle the issue of degradation of natural resources and climatic variability. In an open session, farmers as well as other participants pointed out the issues related to vagaries of weather in farm production, necessity of proper linkages among the organizations engaged in research and development of farm sector, etc. Dr. T. Mohapatra in his presidential remarks said that apart from programme-specific research, the problems of different ecologies must be identified and solved based on their inherent characteristics. He further pointed out that though production has increased many-fold over the years, still there is a scope to achieve higher production as well as cost optimization for realizing higher profits. He urged specifically the young researchers to work in a holistic and integrative approach for addressing the farm problems and realizing achievable yield.
Dr. B. N. Sadangi, Head, Social Science Division welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. Biswajit Mondal, Senior Scientist, Social Science Division coordinated the programme and proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: CRRI, Cuttack)