Foundation Day Celebration at NIBSM, Raipur

10th October, 2014, Raipur

National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) celebrated its 2nd Foundation Day on 10th October 2014. The celebrations focused on farmer-scientist interaction on contemporary problems in agriculture. Around 250 farmers participated in this programme. Shri Devji Bhai Patel, MLA (Dharsiva constituency) was the chief guest o this occasion.. He appreciated the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for accelerated campus development. He further expressed that the NIBSM efforts will help improve the availability of skilled manpower in new areas of biotic stress in agriculture. He hoped that Chhattisgarh government will join hands with NIBSM on such important on-farm issues such as rodent control and zoonotic disease management. He flagged the big problem created by monkeys in farms leading not only to crop loss but also posing a threat for health and well-being of rural farming community.

 Shri P R Kridatt ( Director of Agriculture), Dr N D Tripathi (Joint Director, Fisheries Department) and Dr Passi (Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department) from Chhattisgarh also graced the occasion. Dr P R Kridatt placed on record the technical help and cooperation extended by NIBSM his colleagues in the Agriculture Department as well as to farmers. Dr N D Tripathi, and Dr Passi expressed satisfaction in the approach of NIBSM to activate their departments on issues and programmes to alleviate biotic stress..

In his welcome address, Dr T P Rajendran (Director, NIBSM) gave the background and overview on the establishment of the institute in Raipur. He elaborated the vision of the institute to complete the infrastructure within this five year plan period. He provided details of the current scientific activities to study the role of nutrition in crop health to influence the intensity of biotic stresses in crop fields, rodent control and zoonotic disease management in livestock.

The interactive meeting of farmers and scientists aroused wide variety of questions on the new knowledge on weed management in rice and vegetable crops,  fertilizer application and insect pest and diseases in rice, diversification to move away from mono-cropping of rice to cultivation of pulses and oilseeds. Farmers were given information on various state schemes on irrigation enhancement, and also those under National Food Security Mission to help farmers make proper use of such schemes. The scientists and staff of the institute interacted with farmers and provided technical inputs to them. 

(Source: NIBSM, Raipur)