New Delhi, 03 October, 2016
Punjab and Haryana are the ‘food bowl’ of the country and provide a major portion of food grain to the country, said D. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) while inaugurating the 24th ICAR-Regional Committee Zone–V (Punjab, Haryana & Delhi). He further added, this region contributes around 20% of the food grains to the national pool, and presently, the major issues affecting agriculture in this region are deteriorating soil health, depleting ground water, diversification and climatic changes leading to declining profits for the farmers.
He said ICAR have brought a lot of positive changes for farmers in the form of technology dissemination and wish to have enough participation of government officials of various states. He also emphasized on the Hon'ble Prime Minister's dream of doubling the farmer's income by 2022. He urged the researchers and policy makers to work hard to make it possible.
Dr Mohapatra further urged all the participating Vice-Chancellors, Directors and Senior Officers from State Departments to prioritize research and development programs targeting farmers’ needs. He emphasized that this meeting is a mechanism of ICAR to reach to various states and through this mechanism we can understand the various problems of states and can address them through innovative technology and tools.
During two-day meeting distinctive representatives of ICAR, SAUs, AICRPs, Project Directorates and government of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are participating to discuss to enhance the agriculture production, deteriorating soil health, climatic changes, depleting ground water table and development of appropriate recourses conserving technologies. This two-day meeting is organized by ICAR- Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) in collaboration with ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR and Nodal officer of the meeting put forward the opening remarks by saying that Punjab and Haryana, both the states have a legacy of bringing green revolution in India but now facing various agricultural problems such as excessive use of fertilizers, degradation of soil, declination of water table, burning of huge crop residues, and erosion of genetic resources, disease eruptions and heavy metal toxicity. He informed that this meeting will focus on these issues and try to find out the solutions.
Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR); Shri Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Assistant Chief Secretary (Development), Govt of Punjab; Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Director, IARI; Dr Shiv Prasad Kimothi, ADG (Coord), ICAR; and Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, CSSRI, Karnal also highlighted the main issues and challenges of this meeting. More than 120 senior officers from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are participating in the meeting.
Two CSSRI publications "Reclamation of alkali soils through Gypsum technology" and "Reclamation of water logged saline soil through subsurface drainage technology" were released on the occasion.