December 2, 2010, Bhopal
The 21st ICAR Regional Committee Meeting for the Region-VII was inaugurated on December 2, 2010 at Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal by the Minister of Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Hon’ble Dr Ramkrishna Kusmariya.
Vice Chancellors of State Agricultural Universities located in Region VII i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa, DDGs of ICAR, high officials of the State Agricultural Universities were present on this occasion. The inaugural function was presided over by Secretary, DARE & Director-General, ICAR Dr S. Ayyappan.
Dr Pitam Chandra, Director, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering welcomed the Chief Guest and all the distinguished guests present on the occasion and informed that the growth in agricultural sector has increased to more than 6% and agricultural machines have played an important role in this rise.
At the outset, DDG (Engg), ICAR Dr MM Pandey gave a brief outline of the proceedings of the meetings of the Regional Committee No. VII held earlier. He requested the representatives of the MP Government to actively participate in the present meeting and put forth their various problems related to agriculture.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Secretary, DARE & Director-General, ICAR, Dr S Ayyappan underlined the need of enhancing organic farming in the Region. He told that in the four states of the Region, the cultivated area is about 25% of the total area available for agriculture, whereas the agriculture production is just approximately 15% of the national output. There are good opportunities for enhancing the production of sorghum, soybean and other coarse cereals in the region. He told that by controlling weed infestation, the agricultural production can be enhanced by 15 to 30%. He also stressed the need for efficient agricultural input utilization with special emphasis on processing equipment.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest of the function, Dr Ramkrishna Kusmaria exhorted to reestablish the old practices of agriculture and disseminating the results on their research and importance to the farmers. He mainly spoke on land security, organic farming and food security. He requested the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to act as a guide to the State Governments of Region-VII in the respective disciplines of agriculture. He further requested the agricultural scientists to make available an agricultural model so as to make the marginal farmer fully independent. He suggested to promote the organic farming mission and publicizing the education of organic farming at the national level by forming a curriculum in this regard. In his opinion – processing of soybean at village level, evolving an alternative of chemical fertilizer and resolving the unemployment at rural level are the priority areas, which should be addressed during the three day meeting.
Dr KR Kranthi, Director, CICR Nagpur and Member-Secretary for Region-VII proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: CIAE, Bhopal)