6th February, 2015, Karnal
Shri Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Haryana and Chief Guest delivered the valedictory address of the 12th Agricultural Science Congress-2015 at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. In his address, he said that the theme of congress is very much relevant to Haryana state, as more than 70% of the agriculture land is with small farmers. He urged scientists to work for the development of new technologies for the benefit of small farmers. He further stressed upon the need of conservation and improvement of indigenous breeds of cow and advised the farmers to go for diversification by integrating agriculture with fisheries, dairy farming, horticulture and vegetables etc.
Chief Minister also presented awards to the winners of different competitions including young researchers and poster presentations. He visited concurrently organized ASC India Expo and took keen interest in ICAR pavilion, especially in the displayed models of indigenous breeds of cow.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and President, NAAS in his welcome address said that 12th Agricultural Science Congress has been attended by record number of participants and more than 900 poster abstracts were presented. He said that a ‘Farmer to Consumer’ approach is required to be put in place to avoid middle men. Small farmers are to be trained to familiarize them with technology in production planning, consumer access and financial management.
Prof. A.K. Srivastava, Director, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal and Convener, 12th ASC in his report informed that 12 technical sessions and eight plenary sessions were organized during the event in which more than 1600 participants form various parts of the country and abroad participated. The representatives of World Bank, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) participated and presented policy papers. More than 500 farmers from across the country also participated.
The 12th ASC-2015 (3-6 February) was jointly organized by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi; Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; and ICAR-NDRI.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture)