17th November, 2014, Jhansi
A summit on ‘Cerebration on Fodder Issues’ was held at ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (ICAR-IGFRI), Jhansi (UP) on 17 November 2014 under the Chairmanship of Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR. In his opening statements, Dr Ayyappan reiterated the importance of charting a path diagram having specific actionable points on enhancing fodder production in the country. He emphasized the synergy between different organizations and institutions working on fodder issues.
Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI detailed the prominent research achievements and technologies that are being adopted by the farmers in different parts of the country. He also delineated the major initiatives of IGFRI like Forage based Integrated Farming Systems for Semi-Arid region, National Initiatives on Fodder Technology Demonstration in 100 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem.
Dr. K.M.L Pathak, DDG (AS) highlighted the need for giving importance of concurrent enhancement of crop residue while undertaking research on grains for human consumptions.
Dr. Swapan K Datta, DDG (CS) advised that IGFRI should also stick to its research strength particularly on improvement of forage crop productivity and application of nano technologies in forage research.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM) suggested for inter-linking of all institutions working on forage production.
Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Director, NDRI agreed for propagation and dissemination of improved IGFRI varieties among the farmers through its ATIC Centre and also collaborative post-graduate program like M.Sc and Ph.D in forage production.
Dr. R. K. Singh, Director, IVRI pointed out the forage shortage in hilly regions.
Dr. M. M. Roy, Director, CAZRI explained the status and strategies of fodder resources in hot arid zones.
Dr. S. K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF highlighted the use of tree leaves as source of animal nutrition during scarcity periods.
The ADG (Seed/FFC), ADH (AN&P), ADG(AH) and ADG (AA&CC) took part in the deliberation. The Directors of CSWRI, Avikanagar, CIRG, Makhdoom, NIAM, Baramati, ICAR Research Complex ER, Patna and Project Director DSR, Mau also participated in the discussion. The scientists from different ICAR institutes like IVRI Regional station Palampur, CIAE Bhopal, CIARI Port Blair, ICAR Research Complex for NEH regions Barapani, CAZRI Jodhpur, CIRG Makhdoom, NIANP and NIBSM, Raipur attended the meeting.
(Source: ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi)