13th February 2015, Kolkata
The 28th Annual Workshop of All India Network Project on Jute & Allied Fibres was organized at ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata during February 13-14, 2015.
Dr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, Govt. of India, in his address, stressed upon the reduction of cost of cultivation of jute to make the farming profitable and also on improvement in fibre quality to catch the global market of value added diversified products.
In the three subsequent technical sessions, the research achievements made in 2014-15 crop season in crop improvement, crop production, crop protection and fibre quality aspects were reviewed in details and the research programme for 2015-16 crop year were finalized.
Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, ADG (CC); ICAR, Mr. Sujit Mitra, Director (Crop Science), ICAR; Mr. D. Mahato, Deputy Jute Commissioner; Dr. D. Nag, National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata; Dr. K. Manoharan, Director, Directorate of Jute Development, Govt. of India, Kolkata, representatives from State Agricultural Department, Govt. of West Bengal, representatives from National Seed Corporation and different seed and pesticide companies also attended the workshop.
A total of 150 delegates from ICAR-CRIJAF, 9 SAU based AINP centres and jute growing farmers from Nadia and North 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal participated in this workshop.
Two technical bulletins, entitled, “CRIJAF Sona : A potential tool for improving fibre quality of juta and mesta” and “Energy and economic analysis for jute and allied fibre crops” were released in the inaugural session of the workshop.
(Source:ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore)