14 September, 2010 Port Blair
The XXth meeting of ICAR Regional Committee-II, organised under the aegis of ICAR got underway at the conference hall of Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Port Blair on 14th September, 2010. The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM was the chief guest and inaugurated the meeting by lighting the traditional lamp. He also released a publication of ICAR titled ‘status of Centre-State Coordination in Agricultural Research, Education & Extension in region-II- Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands’.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said “though the availability of land for agriculture purpose in our Islands is limited, the Administration is keen for developing agriculture and allied sector to its fullest potential”. In doing so, he sought the help of ICAR-CARI and called upon them for developing a model and giving the roadmap for development of agriculture sector in the Islands so that all our resources can be used effectively. “It is the right time we have to seriously ponder how we can tap our potentials in agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry sectors”, he said.
Referring to the enormous potential in agriculture and fisheries sectors in the islands, he said the Administration has taken several initiatives for development of these sectors in a big way. In tune with this, the Coconut Mission was launched in Car Nicobar and organic farming was introduced. As regard fisheries sector, tuna mission was launched and fish landing facilities is being created all over the Islands to tap the fish potential, he said. Appreciating ICAR-CARI for their contribution in the field of capacity building through Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Port Blair, he said this activity has further got fillip with establishment of another KVK at Car Nicobar, whose foundation stone was laid yesterday and sanctioning of one more KVK at Middle & North Andaman.
The Lt Governor also informed about the proposed International Conference on ‘Tropical Island Ecosystem: Issues related to Livelihood, Sustainable Development and Climate Change’ the Administration is planning to organise next year in association with CARI and said “the conference will help us to formulate adaptation and mitigation strategies in active collaboration with other tropical island nations”.
In his introductory address, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE, GoI & Director General, ICAR said the 3-day meeting will deliberate at length on issues of contemporary importance in agriculture and allied sectors. Besides reviewing and identifying the need for research and development in these sectors, the focal point of the meeting is to find acceptable solution for various problems and develop a road map for development of agriculture in this region.
In his address, Shri Narendra Nath Dey, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal said “the meeting should focus on issues and challenges of specific areas of this region and come out with solution for increasing the agriculture production to meet the growing population”.
Shri N. Raghuveer Reddy, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh said “this is the right time for ICAR and other Agriculture Universities, Agriculture Institutions and Policy makers to seriously ponder on issues and difficulties in agriculture sector and come out with right policies for agriculture development in the region”.
Dr. Damodar Rout, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Resource Development and Fisheries, Govt. of Orissa said “younger generation of the farming community are shying away for adopting agriculture as the means of their livelihood, ICAR in this regard can formulate and popularise agricultural activities in such a manner that younger generation are encouraged to stay in agriculture activities”.
Shri Pardha Sarathi, Minister of Fisheries, Govt of Andhra Pradesh was of the view that animal husbandry sector must be given more attention as this sector has been lacking behind compared to other sectors. He also sought the help of ICAR for the development of this sector in a big way. The Ministers also released brochures on agriculture related topics.
Earlier, the Director, CARI, Port Blair, Dr. R. C. Srivastava welcomed the chief guest and others while the function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. A. P. Sharma, Member Secretary, ICAR RC-II.
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