19th November 2013, New Delhi
The Natural Resource Management Division, ICAR and National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF), Jhansi organized a one day National Consultation Meet on Agroforestry Research and Development in India on 19th November, 2013 at NASC Complex, New Delhi.
In his remark, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR emphasized upon the importance of agroforestry. He said that agroforestry is a key path to prosperity for millions of farm families, leading to extra income, employment generation, greater food and nutritional security and meeting other basic human needs in a sustainable manner.
Dr. D.N. Tewari, Former Member, Planning Commission stressed that agroforesty will play an important role in eliminating poverty and it will also contribute in large way in meeting energy requirements of the country through cultivation of biofuels as well as through effective utilization of biomass based gassifiers. Dignitaries also released a publication on Profile of AICRP on Agroforestry on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM), ICAR briefed the gathering about the objectives of this meet while, Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF welcomed the delegates and made a presentation on ‘Agroforestry Research in India: ICAR Perspective’.
The meeting was organized in two sessions. Session-I was chaired by Dr. D.N. Tewari Chaired the session and Dr. B. Mohan Kumar, ADG (Agronomy and Agroforestry) was the Co-Chairman while Session-II was Chaired By Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB and Dr. K.B. Thampi, Technical Expert (F), NRAA was the Co-Chairman. During the session, Dr. Gurbachan Singh also highlighted the role of agroforestry in providing environmental services and urged researchers to made available package technology for different situation to the stake holders.
Senior officials from National Advisory Council (NAC), Planning Commission, National Rainfed Aera Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Rural Development (Land Use and Planning), World Agroforestry Centre, BAIF, ICFRE, ICAR Institutes, representatives from WIMCO, ITC, NABARD, Tree Grower’s Association and progressive farmers participated in the meet.
(Source: NRM Division, New Delhi)