Inception Meeting on Improvement of Pulses in SAARC Countries Inaugurated

12th July 2013, New Delhi

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research inaugurated the inception meeting on Regional Initiation on Improvement of Pulses and Adaptive Trails in SAARC Countries at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi, here today. While delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Ayyappan said that germplasm resource conservation is the key to enhance the productivity of pulses in the SAARC region. He also emphasized upon the collaborative programme of research and extension and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in machinery and seed development to augment production of pulses in the region. Dr. Ayyappan hoped that the deliberations of this meeting will be helpful in enhancement of pulse production in SAARC countries.

In his remarks as Guest of Honor, Shri Arvind Kaushal, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary ICAR and highlighted the importance of SAARC countries cooperation in agricultural research and development for maintaining food security in the region. He also stressed upon the more demonstration, trails and training for enhancement in productivity of pulses in the region.

On this occasion, Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Sciences); Dr. K.D. Kokate, DDG (Extension), ICAR; Dr. Hemal Fonseka, Chairman, SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Dhaka and Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, SAC Governing Board and Dr. B.B. Singh, ADG (Oilseed & Pulses), ICAR also presented their valuable remarks.

Earlier, Dr. K.C. Bansal, Director, NBPGR and Ms. Nasrin Akter, Coordinator, SAC welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the gathering about the prograame.

Delegates from SAARC countries, scientists and officials of ICAR are participating in the two-day (12-13 July, 2013) meet. This meeting is jointly organized by the NBPGR, New Delhi and SAC, Dhaka.

Dr.  M. Dutta, Head, GED, NBPGR proposed vote of thanks.

(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)