Jodhpur, 14 September 2016.
Dr T. Mohapatra (Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR) Chief Guest of 3rd Foundation Day of Agriculture University of Rajasthan, focused on the problems of farmers through innovative research and extension programmes for western Rajasthan where quality water availability is the major challenge. Dr Mohapatra assured Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University of Rajasthan, Dr Balraj Singh, that Council will give full support either in setting up All India Co-ordinated Research Project centres on important crops of this area as well as for infrastructure development like hostels for students etc.
Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (an M.P., Lok Sabha) emphasized the need of judicious use of ground- water, and lauded strongly for development of techniques for rainwater harvesting by recalling example of Israel. Shri Shekhawat also emphasized the need of post-harvest management of crops especially horticultural crops with more emphasis on value addition.
Shri Ram Narayan Dudi (an M.P., Raj Sabha) focused on the use of the rich biodiversity of Marwar Region for development of new varieties with proper conservation of the rich biodiversity of this region. Shri Dudi quoted an example of Mathania chilli, and called scientists for its revival in the area through development of the varities or improved production technology.
The Director General, ICAR , Dr T. Mohapatra, visited the research farm of agricultural university along with other guests, and observed development of high – yielding varieties in crops like pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), sesame (Sesamum indicum), moth bean (Vigna aconitifolia), cluster bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) etc.
Courtesy: English Editorial Unit