Raipur, 7th October 2012
Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Baronda Farm, Raipur here today. The Institute is being established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Ministry of Agriculture at an outlay of Rs 121.1 crore during the 12th five year plan period.
Shri Sharad Pawar, in his speech, told that Chhattisgarh has great opportunities in Horticulture, Dairy and Fisheries along with post-harvest processing of agricultural commodities. He commended the state for the excellent performance in agriculture sector as also for the record rice production and procurement. He said that the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur is a unique institution that would take up research on biotic stresses of national importance and would soon become Deemed University offering academic courses in areas of biotic stresses. The farmers of the state, as also in other parts of the country would be greatly benefitted due to the output of this new institute.
Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh; Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and Shri Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Minister of Agriculture, Chhattisgarh expressed their appreciation and gratitude to Agriculture Ministry, Government of India for the establishment of the first ICAR institute in Chhattisgarh. Shri Patel, Member of Legislative Assembly graced the occasion. Earlier, Dr. S Ayyappan welcomed the gathering and provided the profile on the new institute. Dr. S.K.Patil, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswvidyalaya (IGKV)), Raipur, Dr. S.K.Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Dr. T.P. Rajendran, Assistant Director General (Plant Protection), Dr. P.R. Kridatt, Director of Agriculture, Chhattisgarh were also present in the event.
More than 100 farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, along with senior officials of the Chhattisgarh government and of the IGKV, Raipur participated in the programme. The Zonal Project Director, Jabalpur and his team of Krishi Vigyan Kendra scientists of the State also participated in the function.
Dr. S.K. Datta, proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ADG(PP), Crop Science Division)