Hyderabad, 19th July, 2012
ICAR XXI Regional committee-II meeting was organised at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) on 19-20th July, 2012.While inaugurating the meeting as Chief Guest, His Excellency, Sh E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor, Andhra Pradesh, opined that remunerative prices to the farmers is the real problem – farmer is not getting remunerative prices, or he is not getting what he should be getting. He emphasized that there is a need to adapt region specific technological interventions and a need to revamp the extension system for improved technologies, fransfer of technology from lab to the field should be done in a much faster rate in order to increase farmers confidence level for adopting new technologies, farmer is hesitating to adopt new technologies.
Padmashree Dr M.V. Rao, Hon’ble Member, Legislative Council in his address touched upon the SWOT analysis of three states and one union territory of this region. He also flagged the problem of arsenic in the soil in Odisha which needs to be addressed apart from the problem of Fluoride in Andhra Pradesh also needs to be addressed.
Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR in his address said that agriculture is everybody’s business. He also dealt upon Seed replacement ratio and Variety replacement ratio.
Earlier, Dr (Mrs) B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR made opening remarks with emphasis on multi faceted growth in agriculture sector and exhorted the participants to utilize the platform to identify areas of regional importance in agriculture and deliberate over them for setting priorities.
Dr S.L. Goswami, Director, NAARM gave the welcome address to the august gathering wherein he highlighted the achievements of NAARM and the role it can play in the meeting.
Dr A.P. Sharma, Member Secretary and Director, CIFRI, proposed vote of thanks.