4th July, 2016, Mumbai
The review meeting of the performance of ICAR Research Institutes and the State Agricultural Universities located in Maharashtra was held at ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers, while Chairing the meeting, stressed on the field extension and emphasized the need for bringing together the state departments and the research institutes / State Agricultural Universities located in the same state. He felt that these institutions should meet at least twice in a year as this would enable first hand transfer of technology directly to the first line department of extension. Shri Singh emphasized on revival of the KVKs in the state and reorient the KVKs as an institution that delivers technology to the farmers. He briefed on Gokul Gram Concept of Government of India. He appreciated participating institutions in generating technologies and their transfer.
The Minister also released technical manual on Fish Haematology by ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, a book on Apiculture by KVK Baramati, a technical bulletin on Desi cow breeds by KVK Solapur and a folder on pomegranate by KVK Dhule.
Sh Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) emphasized on increasing production and productivity on all fronts of agriculture.
Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (FS) ICAR explained the importance of Fisheries Sector in the state.
Dr Gopal Krishna, Director (Acting) of ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai briefed on recent achievements and activities of the institute.
Shri Vijay Deshmukh, State Minister for Fisheries, Maharashtra, Shri Ram Shinde, State Minister of Agriculture and Horticulture, Maharashtra, Shri Bijay Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary (Fisheries), Government of Maharashtra, Shri Bhagwan Sahay, IAS, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra graced the dais.
The participating institutions included ICAR-Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, ICAR - Central Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur, ICAR- Directorate of Onion and Garlic, Pune, ICAR-Directorate of Floriculture Research, Pune, Director ATARI, ICAR- NRC Grapes, ICAR-NRC-Pomegranate, MAFSU Nagpur, MPKV Rahuri and KVK’s.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai )