Shimla, 02-03, June 2011
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE) and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during chaired the Steering Committee Meeting of the MM-I for the centrally sponsored scheme of " Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan States" and also visited Central Potato Research Institute, its regional stations at Kufri and Fagu and other ICAR regional stations located at Shimla.
The steering committee meeting was attended by various dignitaries including Vice- Chancellors of SAUs, Directors & Nodal Officers from ICAR institutes, Additional Commissioner (Horticulture), Govt. of India, Directors of Research of different SAUs and Directors of Horticulture of various hill states.He stressed that MM-I is a technology mission aimed at generating location and crop specific technologies that need to be transferred to the end users through Transfer of Technology activities.
After inspecting all the infrastructure facilities of the institute, he commented “The institute has created world class research facility and I would score ‘A’ for each and every laboratory I have visited”.
Dr. Ayyappan inaugurated the “Kishan Bhavan” of CPRI. This farmers’ hostel with the capacity to accommodate 18 guests will help the institute to accommodate farmers who coming from different corners of the country for training on specific areas of potato cultivation.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from CPRI, Shimla)