12th October, 2015, Anand, Gujarat
One-day workshop on “Development of Road map for Agriculture in Gujarat Plains and Hills Region” was held at ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (ICAR-DMAPR), Anand, and Gujarat here today.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (Natural Resources Management), ICAR chaired the workshop and in his address emphasized the need for land use diversification in agriculture and animal husbandry. He also emphasized need for integration of solar and wind power generation system for efficient utilization of natural resources and convert waste into compost.
Dr. A.R. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh and Co-chair of the workshop emphasised need for skill development and entrepreneurship development.
Dr. N. C. Patel, Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand and Co-chair of the workshop emphasized need for development of policy on sub surface drainage management in salinity affected areas of Gujarat. He also said that emphasis should be given to farm mechanization, conservation agriculture and value addition in agriculture.
Prof. M. C. Varshneya, Vice Chancellor, Khamadhenu University, Gandhinagar and Co-chair of the workshop emphasized need for Dangi local cow breed improvement programme.
Dr. Jitendra kumar, Director,ICAR-DMAPR in his welcome address stressed on the need for integration of medicinal and aromatic plants in farming systems especially in hilly/tribal areas of Gujarat. He also emphasised that the diversification of MAP crops in different cropping systems, problematic soils and wild animal (wild pig, nilgai, rabbit) affected areas may be underline.
Dr. P.P. Rohilla, Director (Acting), ATARI Zone-VI elaborated the important role of KVKs for farmer’s social upliftment in this agro climatic zone.
Dr. Shiv Prasad Kimothi, Assistant Director General (Coordination), said that there is need for development of producers’ organizations involving cluster of farmers to address the marketing problems.
Nearly 30 farmers from various districts of the plains and hills region of Gujarat participated in the workshop and placed their specific problems and issues which need attention and solution.
Directors and senior officials from ICAR Institutes and SAU’s in Gujarat, and Department of Agriculture, Gujarat participated in the workshop and provided their inputs for providing solutions to specific problems of the farmers in the region to develop road map.
A road map for agriculture in Gujarat Plains and Hills Region will be developed based on the inputs received in the workshop which includes technological interventions, extension and demonstration services. Future thrust areas of research and development for the region will also be identified.
(Source: ICAR-DMAPR, Anand)