8 - 9 March, 2021, Barrackpore
The ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata organized the “32nd Annual Workshop of All India Network Project on Jute and Allied Fibres” from 8th to 9th March, 2021.
In his address, urging on to make improvement in fibre quality to be the priority, Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR stressed on the need to strengthen the breeding programme considering the rising demand of high value jute diversified products both in domestic and global markets. Dr. Sharma also highlighted the Government of India’s some of the recent measures like compulsory Packaging Act, Policy to ban on “Single Use Plastics” and announcement of Revised Minimum Support Price of jute every year that will definitely give a fillip to the development of jute sector.
Dr. R.K. Singh, ADG (Commercial Crops), ICAR urged for disseminating the new improved varieties and technologies developed by the scientists of the project to the farmers in all the jute growing states for fibre quality and productivity enhancement.
Dr. S.C. Dubey, ADG (Plant Protection and Biosecurity), ICAR urged the scientists for focusing on identifying the genotypes resistant to major biotic and abiotic stresses and develop location-specific, cost-effective IPM modules for major disease and pest for minimizing the yield loss in jute and allied fibre crops.
Dr. A. Pattanaik, Director, ICAR-IIAB, Ranchi, Jharkhand emphasized that while planning the breeding programmes, the breeders should set higher productivity targets in the new varieties.
In his welcome address, Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore, Kolkata emphasized on a more systematic approach in identification and incorporation of special traits in the breeding programme.
The Scientists I/C of the AINPJAF Centres, Head of Divisions and Scientists of ICAR-CRIJAF also participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata)