New Delhi, 9 Feb 2017.
On the occasion of 55th Convocation of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Union Minster of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, said that there has been a continuous development of agriculture in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh due to active research of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa now in New Delhi. Shri Radha Mohan Singh added that due to adoption of crop varieties developed by Pusa Institute, meaningful and multiple changes were observed. He informed that 3 December will be celebrated every year as ‘Agriculture Education Day ‘in honour of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the First President of India.
Union Agriculture Minister said that under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi, a number of agricultural and farmers’ welfare schemes such as Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, Prime Minister Agricultural Irrigation Scheme, Farm Mechanization Mission, National Agricultural Marketing, Rural Storage Scheme and Soil-Health Card Scheme had been stated to strengthen rural livelihood security besides promotion of food production. These schemes would prove helpful in doubling the income of farmers. MoA also focused on ‘Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav’ programme and added IARI, Delhi itself has selected about 600 villages to spread the awareness in farmers for newly developed technologies and varieties.
Union Minster of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, focused on IARI research activities and recalled that earlier for food grains we were dependent on other countries, but now we are providing food security to other countries. During 2016 varieties of rice, wheat, mustard and pulses were released. ‘Pusa Double Zero Mustard 31’, a canola quality mustard, developed by the IARI, Delhi, is a maiden variety of high quality in the country having less than 2% Erucic acid and less than 30 ppm glucosinolates found in oil-cake, which is conducive for human and animal health. MoA &FW said that with cultivation of wheat varieties developed by Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 10 million ha, 50 million tonne of wheat was being produced. The contribution of Basmati rice contributes about 22 thousand crore in agricultural export exchequer of about Rs 10 million and out of it , the contribution of Basmati varieties, developed by IARI, Pusa, New Delhi is about 90%.
Shri Singh raised the hope that a state-of-art automated phonemics facility established by IARI would be useful to study the environmental stress. IARI, Pusa has developed an innovative, eco-friendly and cost-effective wastewater treatment technology through which waste water can be easily made pollution free and useful for irrigation purpose with less than 1% energy and less than 50-60 % investment and operational cost. MoA expressed that this technology would be effective in checking the shortage of water and pollution of soil, ground water and food due to wastewater in future. Shri Singh said that this facility would be used in developing plants from which higher yield could be secured with less use of water and fertilizers.
The Union Agriculture Minister and Farmers Welfare said that for bringing the Second Green Revolution in country, students trained in agriculture would have to come in forefront and devote their gained knowledge and skills to agriculture and farmers’ welfare. During the 55th IARI convocation, he announced that one Ph.D. student from North- Eastern India will be awarded a gold medal every year to promote the agriculture in North-East India. Dr Sujan Majoomdar was awarded with the gold medal in this convocation. Besides IARI,Delhi , two more IARI have been established as one in Hazaribag (Jharkhand) and other Kamrup (Asom).
On this occasion, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra (Secretary, DARE & DG,ICAR), Dr Gurbachan Singh (Chairman, ASRB) and other dignitaries were also present.
During the Inauguration of 55th Convocation of IARI, Dr Ravinder Kaur, (Director, IARI,Delhi) congratulated the students and also urged to play their role with utmost responsibility to take the agriculture to new heights with their work and ideas. She focused on the research and development of her Institute mentioning that IARI, Delhi has released thirteen varieties of different field crops such as rice, wheat, mustard and pulses. These varieties include blast resistant Basmati rice (Pusa Basmati 1637); canola quality mustard (Pusa Double Zero Mustard 31); chickpea (Pusa 3043); Mung bean (Pusa 1371) and lentil (L4714). In wheat, Pusa Ujala (HI 1605) and Pusa Tejas (HI 8759) were identified by the IARI regional station, Indore for release in restricted irrigation conditions of peninsular zone and the irrigated conditions of central zone, respectively. She also focused that to bridge the phenotype-genotype gap, IARI has established a state-of-art automated high throughput plant phenomics facility for non-destructive and accurate characterization of a large number of germplasm under defined environmental conditions and for developing abiotic stress tolerant genotypes. Director also shared her views that the importance of water and energy security under changing climatic conditions and the projected water scarcity in the near future, the Institute’s zero energy eco-friendly waste water treatment technology was out-scaled to Mathura, Uttar Pradesh (UP) for treating 75,000 liters of sewage water per day. This first eco-friendly waste water treatment plant in Uttar Pradesh is under construction at Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Dham in Farah (UP). She informed that several countries wish to replicate the IARI model. Our Institute is actively involved in establishing Afghanistan National Agricultural Sciences & Technology University (ANASTU), Kandahar, Afghanistan, Indo-Myanmar Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education, Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar and has also a MoU with the University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA for developing an early warning system for timely and effective monitoring and management of drought across the country.
Dr R.K. Jain (Dean & Joint Director, Education) informed that total 231 students (111 Ph. D., 112 M.Sc. and 8 M. Tech.) students received the degrees during 55th convocation of IARI. During the convocation, IARI merit medals and best student of the year award besides other prestigious awards namely, Shri Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial award, Hooker award and Best Teacher award were presented to the winners. 47th LalBahadurShashtri Memorial Lecture was also organized on 9 February 2017.
(Courtesy: English Editorial Unit)