19th March 2014, Port Blair
Custodian Farmers’ Meet was organized at Garacharma Research Complex of Central Island Agriculture Research Institute (CIARI), Port Blair in collaboration with Bioversity International on 19th March, 2014. Theme of the meet was ‘Role of custodian farmers in conservation, use and dissemination of agricultural biodiversity’.
In his inaugural address, Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Horticulture), ICAR, and the Chief Guest of the event emphasized the role of different species in representing diversity. He stressed on encouraging the inherent capacity in conserving the diversity of the stakeholders. He complimented the institute for getting renamed as Central Island Agriculture Research Institute (CIARI). He also inaugurated Food Process Engineering Laboratory and ASRB Online Examination Centre of the Institute.
Dr. S.B. Dandin, Vice Chancellor, University of Horticulture Sciences, Bagalkot; Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Registrar General, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPV&FRA), Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi; Dr. C.K. Narayana, Director, IIHR, Bangalore; Prof. P.L. Saroj, Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur, Karnataka; Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, National Project Coordinator, NPMU, UNEP-GEF-TFT; Dr. Prem Mathur, Regional Director, Bioversity International; and Dr. Bhuwon Sthapit, Regional Project Coordinator, Bioversity International were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CIARI welcomed the dignitaries and custodian famers.
A technical session was organized to consolidate the role of custodian farmers. Custodian farmers were also honoured with citation. Objective of meeting was to highlight custodian farmers’ contribution to the national repositories of genetic resources system and overall sustainable agricultural development including traditional knowledge and to raise their visibility and recognition in the genetic resource management field.
Dr. R.K. Gautam, Head, Field Crops Department proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: Central Island Agriculture Research Institute, Port Blair)