National Group Meeting on Kharif - 2021 organized

1 - 2 June, 2021, Jhansi

The ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh organized its “National Group Meeting on Kharif - 2021” from 1st to 2nd June, 2021.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR stressed on application of Bio-technological tools for developing nutritionally rich and bio-fortified fodder varieties. The mapping of grasslands forage crop’s acreage using GIS and remote sensing techniques in collaboration with the Department of Space and IITs was emphasized in the DDG’s address.

Dr. Sharma accentuated on Public Private Partnership to improve the seed production and post-harvest management. The DDG stressed on the need of more cohesive interaction among all the stakeholders, evaluation of germplasm for various traits and careful selection of parents for breeding programmes.

National Group Meeting on Kharif - 2021 organized

Dr. Y.P. Singh, ADG (FFC), ICAR emphasized on expansion in area, production and productivity of perennial grasses in the country. The optimization of the technologies for post-harvest processing in fodder crops for reducing the fodder scarcity during the lean period was also stressed by the ADG.

Dr. Amaresh Chandra, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi suggested the need of fodder seed hubs, use of biotechnological tools, concentrating on seed biology and the fertile BxN hybrid for better fodder production.

Around 7 Publications were also released during the occasion.

About 4 varieties including 3 of Forage Pearl Millet for release in the Southern Zone and 1 of Forage Cowpea for the Eastern & North-Eastern Zones were identified in the Varietal Identification Committee Meeting during the occasion.

More than 140 participants from the various parts of the country virtually attended the meeting.

(Source: Project Coordinating Unit, ICAR-AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh)