18th June, 2022, Jodhpur
Dr. A.S. Rawat, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, Uttarakhand was on his visit to the ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan today. The Director General was accompanied by Shri M.R. Baloch, Director, Arid Forest Research Institute and a Team of Scientists.
Dr. Rawat took keen interest in the Institute’s research and development activities. On visiting the Centre on Combating Desertification, the DG was apprised about the various aspects of the Institute’s studies on desertification and its status database for the country and Rajasthan. The Institute’s work on natural resources, sand dune stabilization, sand control measures and vegetative windbreak models, etc., that have resulted in the visible impacts of reduced severity of wind erosion and a reduced area under desertification in the State were also underlined to Dr. Rawat.
The Director General appreciated the success of Tissue Culture-based Datepalm and other Horticultural Crops introduced and researched by the ICAR-CAZRI. Dr. Rawat also interacted with the Scientists on the issues of water harvesting and alternate sources of fodder production from Cactus, Moringa and Napier Hybrids.
The importance of agriculture in achieving the LDN Goals was highlighted by Dr. Rawat. He stated that both the ICAR-CAZRI and AFRI have played a great role in the development of the Arid Zone. Being a part of ICAR, CAZRI has a focused objective to work for better resilience of arid agro-ecosystem through agriculture driven research efforts.
Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur welcomed the dignitaries.
(Source: ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)