State level farmers’ meet on promotion of Pulses

19-20 2016, Lembucherra, Tripura

ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur in association with ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Tripura Centre organised a special meeting on technological interventions for promotion of Pulses in Northeast Hill region at Lembucherra, Tripura (19-20 September 2016).

This meeting was organized for developing strategies and action oriented programmes for boosting up of pulses production in NEH region besides reviewing current status and future course of action on promotion of pulses in NEH region.

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Shri Naresh Chandra Jamatia, Minister for Forest, Rural Development and Election, Govt. of Tripura, in his inaugural address said NEH states are still lagging behind in pulses production comparing other Indian States. Pulses is not produced it on a large scale as a priority crop and hence the deficit remains. He appeals the farming community to grow more pulses for both food and nutritional security.

Dr S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR RC NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya stressed upon bridging the deficit of 81.7 % in pulses in NEH region through concerted efforts by all the stakeholders on a convergence mode. .Cultivation/popularization of pulses under zero tillage in rice fallows are of top priority, he added. Dr Ngachan said concept of seed village should be vigorously pursued besides working on developing varieties with multiple stress resistances.

Dr N.P.Singh, Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur calls for an aggressive and proactive role in production of pulses in NEH region. He emphasized popularization of suitable pulse varieties and appropriate technological intervention suiting zones/states of NEH regions and compatible with acid and constrained soils could bridge the deficit in production scene.

Vice Chancellor of CAU, Imphal, Directors of ICAR Institutes, scientists of ICAR Institutes located in NEH and officials from State Agricultural Universities, Directors and Officials from State Agriculture Departments and Seed producing agencies participated in the meeting.

Around 400 delegates including 300 farmers’ representatives participated in this meeting.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)