5th October, 2015, Karnal
Indian Council of Agricultural Research organized a workshop for Developing a Road Map for Technological Support, Extension and Demonstration Services to the Farmers in Trans-Gangetic Plains Region (Agro-Climatic Zone-VI) at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) here today.
Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR chaired the workshop and in his address emphasized to make agriculture more sustainable and profitable to farmers by providing solutions to their location specific issues. He urged experts to suggest possible way out to problems of the farmers and also include field issues in research priorities of the respective Institutes. He said the potential of different agricultural technologies under field conditions must be discussed, disseminated and demonstrated in farmers’ fields in a time bound manner.
Dr. D.K. Sharma, Director, CSSRI and nodal officer of the workshop, in his presentation, highlighted the important role of Trans-Gangetic Plains region in food security of the nation which includes Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. This region comprises only 2.9 % total geographical area but contribute about 20% to the food basket of the country. He flagged various issues related to agriculture and allied sector which need attention by scientists and policy makers.
Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, in his remarks, laid stress to make farmers aware of mechanization and marketing strategies to reap benefit of latest technologies. Farmers must focus on net profits rather than increasing the productivity. He suggested simple field solutions to farmers regarding various agricultural issues in the region.
Dr. K. S. Khokhar, Vice-Chancellor, CCSHAU, Hisar, emphasized the need to adopt integrated farming system models to make farms more productive and profitable. He also urged farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies to save cost and environment. Dr. Khokhar elaborated on many simple technologies which can be easily adopted by farmers to resolve their farm issues.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ATARI, Ludhiana and nodal officer of the workshop, appraised the house on various extension initiatives for quick and effective dissemination of technologies and timely advisories to farmers in case of climatic adversities.
Nearly 30 farmers from various districts of the region participated in the workshop and put forth their specific problems and issues which need attention and solution.
Directors and senior officials from ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural and Animal Science Universities and KVKs of the region participated in the workshop and provided their inputs for providing solutions to specific problems of the farmers.
ICAR has planned such interactive workshops in 15 agro-climatic zones of the country, this being the first in the series. A road map for agricultural development of the region will be developed based on the outcome of the workshop. The road map will necessary include identification of technological interventions which need to be up scaled and extension and demonstration services for up scaling and out scaling. Future thrust area of research and extension for the region will also be identified.
Dr. Parveen Kumar, Principal Scientist, CSSRI proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-DKMA, New Delhi)