25th July 2014 , Hyderabad
Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR inaugurated the 23rd Annual Group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Palms (Coconut, Oil Palm, Arecanut, Palmyrah and Sulphi Palm) at Directorate of Oil seed Research (DOR), Hyderabad today In his inaugural speech, Dr. Krishna Kumar stressed exploitation of value added products in palms especially in the context of increase in demand of tender coconut water. The production of quality planting material of plantation crops particularly in coconut, areca nut and oil palm has to be taken up on large scale.
Dr. B M C Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Andhra Pradesh, stressed upon popularizing value added products of coconut and palmyrah, and providing technology for introducing cocoa as intercrop in coconut and oil palm.
Dr. H. P. Maheshwarappa, Project Coordinator (Palms) presented the research achievements of the project for 2013-14 and thrust areas of the project. Dr. P. Rethinam, Former Executive Director, APCC, Jakarta emphasized the need of developing short statured oil palm varieties for easy harvesting and mechanization of harvesting process.
Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General, (Horticulture Science-1), ICAR, Dr. K. U. K. Nampoothiri, Director, Dr. MSSFR, Odisha and Dr. K. S. Varaprasad, Project Director, DOR, Hyderabad also spoke on the occasion. The Annual Group Meeting will be continue up to 28th July 2014.
(SOURCE: PC (Palms), CPCRI, Kasaragod)