17 - 18 May, 2022, Indore
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore, Madhya Pradesh organized the “52nd Annual Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Project on Soybean” from 17th to 18th May, 2022.
Delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR emphasized on promoting the diversity of the Soybean Varieties and the climate-resilient, high-yielding Soybean Varieties among the farmers of the different Soybean growing States. The use of molecular tools like Pre-breeding, Marker Assisted Selection, Genome-Wide Association Studies for fastening the process of the varietal development in the shortest possible time was also stressed by Dr. Sharma.
Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, ADG (Oilseed & Pulses), ICAR outlined the expectation of the policy makers for increasing the Soybean productivity to achieve the self-sufficiency in vegetable oil demand of the country. The current status of the Soybean Seed replacement rate which is relatively low as compared to the other crops and the need for the popularization of the location-specific new varieties was highlighted by Dr. Gupta.
Dr. D.K. Yadav, ADG (Seeds), ICAR; Dr. S.C. Dubey, ADG (Plant Protection), ICAR and Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana, Punjab also participated in the Meeting.
Dr. Nita Khandekar, Director, ICAR-ISSR, Indore underlined the research activities and trials conducted at different Centres during the last Kharif Season. The achievements made by the Scientists despite of the COVID-19 Pandemic situation culminating in the notification of 25 Soybean Varieties which were notified during the Year - 2021 were applauded by Dr. Khandekar. She also highlighted the research programmes being undertaken to meet out the challenges like biotic and abiotic factors causing the yield losses and the unavailability of the quality Soybean Seeds.
About 150 Soybean Scientists from the various Centres associated with the All India Coordinated Soybean Research Project on Soybean attended the Meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore, Madhya Pradesh)