17th April 2015, Hyderabad
National Group Meet Kharif 2015 of All India Coordinated Research Project of Forage Crops & Utilization was organized by Prof Jayshankar Telangana State Agricultural University and ICAR during 17-18th April 2015 at PJTSAU, Hyderabad.
Dr. I. S. Solanki ADG (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi while inaugurating the event stressed upon the need of bridging the gap of demand and supply in forage availability by strengthening research on high yielding and better quality fodder crops.
Dr. D. Raji Reddy, Director of Research, PJTSAU welcomed the delegates and presented a scenario of livestock and fodder situation in Telengana. He highlighted the shortage of milk and fodder in the state and need to develop technologies for resource poor farmers in particular.
Dr. A. K. Roy, Project Coordinator presented the XII plan initiatives and the achievements of Kharif 2014 in the field of forage crop improvement, production, protection and breeder seed production as well as popularizing the technologies by Fodder Technology Demonstrations.
Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI stressed upon the need of extension of already available technologies and need of a proper database of forage resources in the country. He recommended that research outcome should also linked with soil health.
Dr Tirupattaiah, Additional Director, Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Government of Telengana emphasized upon low productivity of animals in the state and need of technologies for both commercial dairies as well as small livestock keepers.
Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Registrar and Special Officer, PJSTAU, Hyderabad, highlighted the importance of meeting and need and expectations of Telengana from this group meeting. Need for mechanization in fodder crops and use of alternate fodder crops was highlighted.
An interaction meeting of livestock keepers, veterinarians, fodder growers, private sector, forge seed producers with scientists was also held.
Varietal Identification Committee meeting was held on 18th April and 4 varieties were identified for release in oat (OS-403; JHO 2009-1), forage bajra (APFB-09-1), Sewan Grass (RLSB-11-50) for different zones of the country.
Dr. T. Shashikala, OIC AICRP FCU, Hyderabad centre proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization, Jhansi)