8thMay 2013, Jhansi
National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF), Jhansi celebrated its Silver Jubilee of establishment and National Agroforestry Day on 8th May, 2013. Dr. D.N. Tewari, Former Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India and Ex-DG, ICFRE was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
While delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Tewari said that agroforestry can contribute significantly to meet the deficits of fuel, fodder, timber, accelerate economic growth and help in poverty alleviation, women empowerment and livelihood support in several ways. He emphasized upon the urgent need for an independent Agroforestry Policy and launching of a National Mission on Agroforestry. Dr. Tewari also appreciated the R&D work of Centre on agroforestry and particularly its linkages with the farmers and state agencies for dissemination of the technology. The Chief Guest also felicitated farmers and the staff of the Centre for their commendable contribution.
In his remarks, Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF highlighted the achievements of the Centre. He also informed that the agroforestry based watershed development, biofuel, gum-resin and lac based livelihood options and agroforestry strategies for mitigation of climate change effects have also been initiated by the Centre. Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI, Dr. B. Mohan Kumar, ADG (Agroforestry), ICAR, Dr. P.S. Pathak, Dr. A.S. Gill, Dr. P. Rai, Dr. U.C. Sharma and Dr. S.D. Kashyap also graced the occasion.
An exhibition of agroforestry technologies was also organized on the occasion. Employees of the center, guests, progressive farmers, research scholars, students and officers of line departments participated in the two-day function.
(Source: NRCAF, Jhansi)