12th December, 2017, Karnal
Mid Term Review Meeting of ICAR-Regional Committee-V (Punjab, Haryana & Delhi) was held at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal today.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss the Action Taken Report and recommendations made in 24th ICAR Regional Committee–V meeting held at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute during 3-4 October, 2016.
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science & Animal Science), Chief Guest, highlighted important achievements of this region and its contribution in country’s food grain production and nutritional security. He highlighted the importance of IFS models with incorporation of fisheries to enhance the farmer’s income and sustainability. He also emphasized the need to promote Saline Aquaculture farming as it is profitable enterprise in the region. He told that a fisheries farmer can earn income of Rs. 5 lakh in short duration of four month only. Other major issues highlighted were the development of appropriate resource conserving technologies, frost and salt-tolerant wheat, rice, mustard varieties, promotion of micro-irrigation, feed blocks, post-harvest losses in horticultural crops, peri-urban horticulture, dairy entrepreneurship, goatery and piggery, conservation of indigenous animal breeds. He further urged all the participating Directors of ICAR institutes and agricultural/veterinary universities and Senior Officers from State Departments to prioritize research and development programs targeting farmers’ needs especially his net income and nutritional security. He emphasized that this meeting is a mechanism of ICAR to reach to various states and through this mechanism we can understand the various problems of states and can address them through innovative technology and tools. He emphasized his focus on the honorable Prime Minister's dream of doubling the farmer's income by 2022, however, he urged the researchers and policy makers to work hard to make it possible till 2020.
Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director ICAR-CSSRI, emphasized on the rice residue burning and its consequence in the region. He also briefed about the technologies developed by the ICAR-CSSRI and their impact in the development of agriculture in the country.
More than 50 Participants from ICAR Institutes, SAUs and State Agriculture/Animal husbandry/horticulture/fisheries Departments of Punjab and Haryana states participated in the review meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal)