Patna, 26 August 2016.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra (Secretary DARE & DG ICAR) inaugurated the XXIII ICAR Regional Committee- IV Meeting at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region. Dr Mohapatra emphasized on state and centre coordination and stressed that there is a lot of potential in Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for agricultural development which needs to be harnessed with concerted efforts of scientists and development departments. Dr Mohapatra stressed that there is an urgent need to infuse the newer agricultural technologies for improving the productivity in these states. Dr Mohapatra exhorted the scientists and officials to pay maximum attention to the needs of the small farmers by improving the process of location specific technological interventions and initiatives for timely transfer of technology. Dr Mohapatra opinioned that Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) have important role in agricultural transformation.State Agricultural Universities have the important role in solving the local agricultural problems. Dr Mohapatra also emphasized on the need to speed up the seed delivering system and stressed on the need to improve the oilseed production, and highlighted the role and need of farm mechanization. The technologies of disease forecasting and new tests for disease diagnosis can be offered in field. Research on conservation of local breeds and the varieties of different crops to be taken up, a total of 160 breeds of livestock have been registered so far. Dr Mohapatra further said that Indian economy is growing at a fast rate and the GDP is projected to go up to 8 % with the good monsoon this year. Even though Indian agricultural has experienced two consecutive drought in past two years, the production has not gone down. Dr Mohapatra also emphasized on effective planning to help two fold increase of farmers income within 2022 in order to fulfill the vision of India.
Dr J.S. Sindhu (DDG, Crop Science) and Nodal Officer of this Regional Committee IV explained the constraints like fragmented land, water logging condition, soil degradation, natural calamities like flood, drought are hindering the growth of agricultural production in Bihar. Further, Dr J.S. Sindhu underlined the non-availability of quality seed, green fodder and poor marketing as constraints in agricultural production. Dr J.S. Sindhu further remarked that Bihar and Jharkhand have vast potential in growing pulses and vegetables. Initiatives have already been taken to start second green revolution in eastern parts of India and there is scope to improve irrigation and achieve more crop per drop of water. Dr Sindhu proposed various suggestions on commercial utilization of silt and also remarked about the Mokama Tal management for agricultural production. . Dr Sindhu added that research should be focused more on small animals like goat, rabbits, pig and rodents etc for the improvement of livelihood of small farmers of Bihar and Jharkhand.
Shri S. K. Singh (Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, DARE/ICAR) and Dr Rajendra Kumar (DG, UPCAR, Lucknow) also expressed their views on the agricultural development in the region. The Agricultural Production Commissioner, Government of Bihar, Shri Vijoy Prakash spoke about the major problem in Bihar like silt deposition in Kosi and Ganga rivers, which is causing severity of floods in the state. On this occasion, six publications of IVRI, ATARI Kanpur, IGFRI, ICAR and BAU Ranchi were also released by the chief guest and other dignitaries.