A two-day Farmers Conference on “Enhancing Vegetables Production for Food and Nutritional Security and Improvement in Livelihood” under Integrated Mission of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India was organized jointly by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and NHRDF, Deoria (UP) at ICAR-IISR, Lucknow on October 12-13, 2018.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Dr. B. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi emphasised that increase in the availability, affordability and consumption of nutrients-rich fruits, vegetables and pulses is one way to reverse malnutrition. To improve accessibility and availability, local vegetable production may be the solution.Dr. Singh specifically spoke about Moringa oleifera which is called as Miracle Tree and commonly known as Sahjan in Hindi and drumstick or horse radish in English. He told Moringa can withstand both severe drought and mild frost conditions and hence widely cultivated across the world, and is used as potential antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial agent.
Dr. A. D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow stressed that Schools and community gardens must encourage the production and consumption of a diversity of vegetables and fruit, which is particularly important when persuading children to favour a balanced and nutritious diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. S. N. Singh, Principal Scientist and Head, KVK, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow stressed the need for adopting diversified agriculture in sugarcane based cropping system.
Dr. Shailendra Rajan, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow, Dr. P. K. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, New Delhi, Dr. S. K. Singh, Joint Managing Director, Usar Bhoomi Sudhar Nigam, Lucknow, Dr. Shambhoo Kumar, Head, ICAR-CPRS, Patna and Dr. Rajnish Mishra, Dy. Drector, NHRDF, Deoria (UP) also expressed their views on this occasion.
The programme was attended by more than 400 farmers from different states of the country besides a large number of development workers and scientists.
A souvenir was released during inaugural session and 10 innovative farmers were felicitated for their outstanding works in the field of vegetables production.
(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)