2nd November 2014, Jhansi
Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi celebrated its 53rd Foundation Day on 1st November, 2014.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Panjab Singh, Ex-Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, New Delhi delivered the Foundation Day Lecture. Dr. Singh highlighted the importance of genetic amelioration and associated technology, farm mechanization & post-harvest technology, nutritional evaluation of forage resources, capacity building, GHGs from livestock, enhancement of forage productivity, improvement of grasslands/ pasture/ grazing lands and human resource development.
Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Science) congratulated Director and his staff for their recent achievements, especially the reorientation of Central Research Farm and Technology Demonstration Block with a special focus on showcasing of IGFRI technologies. He expressed his happiness on the progarmme of organizing Farmer’s Day on 2nd November where farmers would get an opportunity to see the technology demonstration and directly interact with the concerned scientists.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Rani Laxmi Bai Central Agricultural Univeristy, Dr. Ashutosh Sarkar, Coordinator South Asia, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas and Dr. S. K. Dhyani, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi emphasized the present day need of food-fodder cropping system on marginal lands.
While welcoming the dignitaries, retired scientists and the staff Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI detailed the progress made during the last year in the field of technology up-scaling, forage improvement & varieties developed, livestock development and the new initiatives of the institute both at national and international level.
Six books/ bulletins on different aspects of forage research were released on this occasion.
An interaction meeting was organized where the QRT members took the feedback from the scientists (including the retired scientists). Ex–scientists were also honoured during the interaction meeting.
Institute fodder and farmer’s day was organized as a part of foundation day celebration. More than 200 farmers of Bundelkhand region participated in exhibition and Krishak – Vaigyanik Gosthi.
Awards were given to scientists, technicians and administrative staff for their excellent achievements. Tree plantation was done at IGFRI campus by the dignitaries.
(Source: AKMU, IGFRI, Jhansi)