21th May, 2016, Bangalore
The Annual Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Projects on Pigeonpea, MULLaRP (Mungbean, Urdbean, Lentil, Lathyrus, Rajmash and Fieldpea), Network Project on Arid Legumes (May 22-24, 2016) and the ‘National Conference on Sustainable and Self Sufficient Production of Pulses through an Integral Approach’ (May 21-22, 2016) were jointly inaugurated at UAS, Bangalore today.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR, highlighted the research achievements in pulses crops and exhorted that new research efforts should be initiated to achieve a breakthrough in the productivity. He was of the opinion that innovative ideas need to be implemented instead of conducting routine research and material evaluation.
Dr. J. S. Sandhu, DDG (CS), stressed upon fulfilling the targets of production of breeder seed so that targeted seed replacement could be achieved in all pulses. He also informed the house about the creation of seed hubs and the budgetary provisions for it.
Dr. T. Shivanna, Vice Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore appreciated the efforts of AICRPs in furthering the technologies developed by pulses scientists and desired that Karnataka state being one of the major pulses growing state in the country should work more towards development and dissemination of newer technologies.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, IIPR, Kanpur presented the overall scenario of pulses in the country and expressed concern over their fluctuating production over the years due to climatic vulnerability. He exhorted the scientists to work for development of shorter duration, widely adaptable and biotic and abiotic stress resistant varieties.
In the Varietal Identification Committee Meeting organized simultaneously, five new varieties namely Pusa 1371 of Mungbean; DC 15, TPTC 29 & PCP 0306-1 of Cowpea and RMB 2251 of Mothbean were recommended for identification.
National Conference on Pulses was jointly organized by the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, Kanpur and UAS, Bangalore.
Project Coordinators, Senior Officers of the University, distinguished scientists and more than 400 scientist delegates working in different pulse crops participated in both the events.
(Source: ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur)