23rd June, 2022, Port Blair
The ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands celebrated its 45th Foundation Day today.
Shri P. Subramanyam, I.F.S., Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Andaman & Nicobar Islands regarded the ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair as the unique Agricultural Institute among the other Institutes working in the other parts of India. He urged for addressing the issue of biodiversity and ecology security of the Islands. Shri Subramanyam accentuated that the Institute can work towards the nutritional security and self-sufficiency, especially, in the field of endemic fruits and vegetables.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. T.V.R.S. Sharma, Former General Board Member, ICAR expressed his concerns about the climate change and biodiversity of the Islands. He also urged the Institute to take a lead in the research work on the transfer of genes from wild relatives to cultivator crop, where salinity is more and also work towards the Coconut-based farming system.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Ashok Gupta, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Andaman & Nicobar Administration stressed for focusing on the seaweeds, fodders and exploring the possible production technologies for the enhancement of agriculture and allied sectors.
Dr. Anjani Kumar Srivastava, Former Head (Division of Biochemistry), ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on “Inner Science”.
Dr. Eaknath B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair briefed about the various achievements of the Institute during the last Year.
The staff members of ICAR-CIARI including its Regional Stations at Minicoy, Lakshadweep; KVK, North & Middle Andaman; KVK, Nicobar and Senior Officials from the other ICAR Institutes also virtually participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands)