18th April 2017, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
The National Group Meeting – Kharif 2017 of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization was inaugurated at CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh today.
Prof. K.C. Agnihotri, Vice Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Central University, in his inaugural address, exhorted the young scientists to do some path breaking research and come out with innovative ideas and technologies for benefit of the farmers and rural community. He expressed concern over the reports of spurious livestock products especially artificial milk and eggs. He called upon the scientific community to work in holistic manner rather than piecemeal approach for solving the problems.
Dr. I. S. Solanki, ADG (FFC), ICAR, Chief Guest, highlighted the importance of high yielding varieties with good nutritional quality and asked the scientists to develop and disseminate the technologies for the benefit of farmers and livestock owners. The role of fodder crops in nutritional security was highlighted.
Dr. Sujoy Rakshit, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana, Guest of Honour stressed for more collaboration among various projects related to fodder crops and highlighted the importance of maize especially Rabi Maize as fodder resource to bridge the demand and supply gap of forage availability.
Dr. R. S. Jamwal, Director Research, HPKV welcomed the delegates and presented achievements of University for the farming community of hilly state.
Dr. A. K. Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization presented the brief introduction of AICRP Forage project, Fodder and livestock scenario and issues in Himachal Pradesh and summary of activities carried out in kharif 2016.
Various technical sessions were held on 18th and 19th April and technical programmes for kharif 2017 were finalized. A special session on nutrient, pesticides residue analysis was held in which presentations were made by NDDB followed by discussion.
Varietal Identification Committee meeting was held and four varieties (Marvel-09-4 and JHD-2013-2 in Dichanthium annulatum; PBN-342 in Bajra Napier Hybrid; RCC-10-6 in Cenchrus ciliaris) were identified for cultivation.
Plenary session was held on 19th April and recommendations of various sessions were approved after discussion and suitable modifications.
(Source: AICRP on Forage Crops, IGFRI, Jhansi)