1st November, 2012, Jhansi
Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI) celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 1st November, 2012.. The celebration started with the inauguration of Agriculture Technology Information Center (ATIC) by the Chief Guest Prof. Anil Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rajmata Vijay Raj Scindia Krishi Viswa Vidyalay, Gwalior. He was accompanied by the Guest of Honour Dr. N Nadarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Kanpur and Dr. S. K. Dhayni, Director, National Research Center for Agroforestry. This was followed by the inauguration of Farmer Exhibition and plantation of trees.
While delivering the Foundation Day Lecture, Prof. Anil Kumar Singh articulated his views vividly on the conservation and management of natural resources vis-à-vis improvement of grasslands and common property resources.
The institute has brought out a compendium ’Glimpse of 50 Year of Forage Research to commemorate its Golden Jubilee. In his message, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR opined that the institute became the leading centre for forage research in Asia. Besides the compendium, seven bulletins were released on various subjects and one CD on Expert System on Fodder and Grasses was also released.
While welcoming the distinguished guests, Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI also presented a brief glimpse of 50 years of research at IGFRI as well as the institute’s achievements in the year ending 31 October, 2012. For last five decades, IGFRI has unfailingly churning out new cultivars and technologies which are capable of forage productivity enormously and which the nation can count for the economic uplift of the livestock farmers
Scientists and staff of IGFRI were conferred with various awards. Thereafter, an interactive session of farmers and scientists was organized at the newly inaugurated ATIC unit
The day ended with the reminiscence of an era of glory and achievement of past workers. The torch bearers of today merely carry it along. We cannot know what will occur. Just make our journey worth the taking. And pray we’re wiser than we were in the beginning.
(Source: Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi)