6th December, 2019, Pune, Maharashtra
The ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune in association with the other ICAR Sister Institutes of Pune organized a “Stakeholders Meet” at the ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune today.
The Chief Guest, Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural & Crops Sciences), ICAR highlighted about the horticultural sector’s steady growth and its significant contribution to the Indian economy. He opined that the government’s proactive policies and farmers’ untiring efforts ensured the horticultural crop production to surpass the food grain productions for 5 consecutive Years. Dr. Singh lauded the enterprising farmers of Maharashtra for their significant contributions in the horticultural sector’s growth.
He also highlighted about the Policy issues including subsidies on cladding material, planting material cost, higher GST on some of the components, structural changes in greenhouse designs, etc., that are being addressed in the Ministry at appropriate level. He urged the growers to frequently interact with the ICAR Institutes and adopt the latest technologies and interventions to maximize the returns.
Dr. K.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-DFR clarified the issues related to Plant Breeders Rights and Intellectual Property Rights.
Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar urged the farmers for adopting the ICAR-DOGR developed technologies to minimize the extent of losses in onion.
Dr. Jagdish Rane, Director, ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati highlighted the imminent threats of climate change.
Dr. Indu Sawant, Former Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Grapes, Pune stressed on the need for adopting the bio-control measures developed so far.
The occasion also held field a visit to the progressive nurseries like Krupa Nursery and Tukoi Exotics by the dignitaries.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune, Maharashtra)