National Demonstration of Pearl Millet Hybrids Organized

21st September 2013, Jodhpur

The AICRP on Pearl Millet, Jodhpur organized a National Demonstration of Pearl Millet Commercial Hybrids on 21st September, 2013 at Jodhpur.

Dr. A.S. Faroda, Former Chairman, ASRB and Founder Vice Chancellor, MPUAT, Udaipur addressed the gathering and asked researchers and scientists to develop the varieties according to suitability of climate in Western Rajasthan. He also emphasized that Rajasthan State Seed Corporation need to play a catalytic role in production of hybrid seeds developed by ICAR and SAUs to further enhance the pearl millet productivity in the country.

Dr. B.S. Rajpurohit, Professor (PB&G), AICRP on Pearl Millet, Mandor highlighted that these demonstrations provided unique opportunity to assess all commercial hybrids of pearl millet simultaneously at one place by all stakeholders. Such demonstration provided a whole range of choices in terms of maturity, plant type, seed size and colour and different combinations of grain and dry stover yields.

Dr. K.R. Solanki, Former Assistant Director General (NRM) stressed upon the role of hybrids to enhance crop productivity under rainfed conditions in Rajasthan. He also informed that Rajasthan has more than 50% of pearl millet area in the country.

Dr. P. Joshi, Former Dean and Former Director Research, SKRAU, Bikaner; Dr. Govind Singh, Director Research, SKRAU, Bikaner; Dr. A.K. Purohit, Former Director, ASCDEC and Former Director, Extension Education, SKRAU, Bikaner; Dr. S.C. Bhandari, Ex. Dean, PGS, MPUAT, Udaipur; Dr. V. Manga, Principal Scientist, CAZRI and Dr. G.R. Kherwa, Professor, AICRP on Pearl Millet also gave their remarks on the occasion.

Earlier, Dr. G. N. Parihar, Dean & Zonal Director Research, ARS, Mandor (Jodhpur) welcomed the dignitaries and informed the gathering about the programme.

The demonstration had included 99 pearl millet commercial hybrids grown in a large plot under good management. Scientists and officials from ICAR institutes, SAUs and State Government, Policy Makers, Researchers, Plant Breeders participated in the programme.

Dr. Ramavtar Sharma, Nodal Scientist, AICRP on Pearl Millet, Jodhpur proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: CAZRI, Jodhpur)