9th Agricultural Science Congress concludes

DG, ICAR stresses for innovations in agriculture to harness benefits for the farmers

June 24, 2009 Srinagar, J&K

Dr. Mangala Rai, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR suggested the delegates to work with zeal and dedication so that food security in light of the emerging challenges of climate change and existing socio-economic realities is ensured. Dr. Rai who is also President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences presided over the Valedictory function.

The 9 th Agricultural Science Congress held by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) under the aegis of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences from June 22-24, 2009 concluded in Srinagar today. The Congress attended by about 600 delegates involved presentation of more than 50 key note and had papers by professional peers and about 300 research papers in the poster sessions by scientists from all over the country.

In his valedictory address, Dr. Rai emphasized the need for prioritizing the research, development and policy issues for ameliorating the lot of Indian farmers and extensively deliberated on the recommendations presented in respect of eight sub-themes of the Congress. He also emphasized the use of frontier sciences like biotechnology that has opened new vistas through allele mining, transgenics and in some case use of terminator technology to develop new and noval genotypes in plants and animals.

Dr. Anwar Alam, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K in his remarks gave the comprehensive account of R&D in agriculture particularly in our hills. He said that productivity enhancement and diversification in respect of food and fodder resources was important if challenges of achieving self-reliance in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and other sector is to be achieved. He strongly advocated the need for developing entrepreneurship at farm level through improved production and primary processing that will enable farmers achieve additional avenues of income and employment.

The winners of the National Elocution Competition held under the aegis of the “Congress as well as scientists whose posters were adjudged to be the best, were felicitated by the Chief Guest with certificates and prizes. Dr. Roohi Mushtaq of SKUAST-K was adjudged as one of the best in poster presentation.

Earlier, Dr. Shafiq A. Wani, Organizing Secretary of the Congress welcomed the delegates to the Congress in the beautiful valley of Kashmir and in the end. Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Director, National Dairy Research Institute and Secretary NAAS proposed the vote of thanks and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made in connection with holding the event in Srinagar.