8th May, 2016, Jhansi
ICAR- Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi celebrated its 28th Foundation Day here today.
Dr. V.N. Sharda, Member, ASRB, New Delhi in his foundation day lecture highlighted emerging issues in agroforestry, and suggested to undertake research on agroforestry production and natural resources management & protection. He suggested to undertake long-term experiments involving all important land uses of the country and study all relevant parameters by involving scientists of different disciplines. He asked scientists to undertake research which is pro-active, anticipatory, problem-solving, result-oriented and farmer participatory, and in a network mode. He emphasized on protection and optimum utilization of natural resources as well as diversification of production while working with farmers and solving the problems in real field situations. He told that agroforestry is the only solution for bringing one-third area of land under forest cover. He advised that Sloping Agriculture Land Technology (SALT) need to be explored in agroforestry. Food, Fruit, Fodder, Fuelwood, Timber & Furniture demand of 2050 for human and animal population will be fulfilled by agroforestry, he said.
Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi appreciated the contributions made by the CAFRI. He said that National Agroforestry Policy-2014 gave more challenges to CAFRI.
Dr. O.P. Chaturvedi, Director, ICAR-CAFRI, Jhansi briefed about salient achievements and new initiatives of the Institute during 2015. He mentioned about the suatainable development, ecosystem services and rural livelihood issues in agroforestry, adopted villages in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme, organization of ‘World Soil Day’ and Jai Kisan-Jai Vigyan.
Two progressive farmers were honoured for adopting agroforestry technologies.
Three publications were released during the occassion.
Scientists and officers from State line-departments, KVKs, NGOs, IFFCO, IGFRI, Jhansi and IISWC, Datia participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi)