29th September, 2014, Jabalpur
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR inaugurated ‘National Conference on Pulses: Challenges and Opportunities Under Changing Climate Scenario’ at Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University (JNKVV), Jabalpur today. While inaugurating the conference, Dr. Ayyappan said extremities of the climate are a matter of concern to food security. We are moving on the right path and the pulse production has gone up to 19.27 million tonnes. He stressed upon the need of increasing the pulse production up to 25 million tonnes by the year 2020. Dr. Ayyappan urged upon the scientists to come out with a clear cut recommendations on research and policy issues in pulses to achieve the target. He emphasized that Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR) in association with ICRISAT, ICARDA & AICRP’s should work together on frontier areas of research.
Dr. V.S. Tomar, Vice Chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur assured his full support and cooperation for strengthening of research and development on pulses as per the outcome of the National Conference.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, IIPR, Kanpur highlighted the research efforts made so far and elaborated upon the new initiatives to be undertaken to increase the pulse production and productivity under changing climate scenario.
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner, Govt. of India presented the national scenario on pulse production along with policy and development efforts.
About 250 Scientists from all over the country including scientists for ICARDA, ICRISAT, BARC and NARS are participating in the National Conference.
The three days conference is being organized jointly by JNKVV, Jabalpur, Indian Society of Pulses Research & Development and IIPR, Kanpur.
(Source: IIPR, Kanpur)