DG, ICAR Urges Scientists to Address Challenges of Pulse Production

22ndFebruary, 2015, Kanpur

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR visited the ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur and interacted with the scientists, staff and research fellows of the Institute and prominent pulse growing farmers of the region. In his address, he expressed concern about the decreasing area and factor productivity as well as the adversities of climate change and stressed upon the need of developing photo-thermo insensitive and early maturing varieties of different pulses to meet these challenges.  He suggested for screening of germplasm under controlled conditions and deliberated on several action points such as utilization of wide hybridization garden for development of new genetic material, use of embryo rescue technique for successful recovery of wide hybrids, generation of more basic information and identification of suitable genotypes with multiple disease resistance, heat tolerance and resistance to herbicides.

DG, ICAR Urges Scientists to Address Challenges of Pulse ProductionDG, ICAR Urges Scientists to Address Challenges of Pulse Production

Earlier, Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, IIPR, welcomed the Director General and invited farmers, and apprised them about Institute’s research and developmental activities. He also briefed about development of new high yielding varieties of different pulse crops and advancement in infrastructure at the Institute including that at Dharwad and Bhopal.

On this occasion the newly constructed buildings of training and communication centre and AICRP units were inaugurated and new publications were also released by the Director General.  

A scientists-farmers interaction meeting was also organized on this occasion.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)