Terminal Workshop of NAIP Component-4 Inaugurated

19th March 2014, New Delhi

Keep Small Farm Holders in Focus, says Dr. R.S. Paroda

Padma Bhushan Dr. R.S. Paroda, Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) and Haryana Farmers’ Commission and Former Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR inaugurated the terminal workshop of NAIP component-4 at Dr. B.P. Pal Auditorium, IARI, New Delhi.

While addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Dr. Paroda said that the research scientists should keep focus on small farm holders in their respective fields of research as they are the end users of technologies and innovations. At the same time, innovations by farmers should also be encouraged for refinement and promotion. He stressed that development and capacity building of human resources in agriculture must be accorded highest priority and steps should be taken for engaging young research scientists in the NARS.

While discussing future challenges of the Indian agriculture, Dr. Paroda emphasized on creation of foresight group that may always look ahead into the future for realizing and developing strategies for addressing the upcoming problems. He also stressed upon the need and importance of developing partnerships with various stakeholders and urged scientists to ensure support of policy planners for new technologies. Dr. Paroda appreciated outcomes of the research projects and urged ICAR to institutionalize flagship projects as a way forward.

The Chief Guest and dignitaries released six publication of NAIP component-4 on the occasion.

In his remarks, Dr. S.L. Mehta, Chairman, Research Programme Committee emphasized upon the post-sustainability of the NAIP projects so that the high quality research and resources can be used and carried forward in the future. He appreciated the innovative way in which the NAIP progressed and made impact on the agricultural research scenario of the country through its orchestra approach.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, speaking as the Chairman of the proceedings, appreciated the NAIP Component-4 for producing high sciences and capacity building through research activities and infrastructure facilities. He said that mentoring and capacity building through sharing must be adopted for benefit of the agricultural research and its stakeholders. Dr. Ayyappan elaborated upon various initiatives of the ICAR for carrying forward the research momentum generated during NAIP period.

Earlier, Dr. H.S. Gupta, Director, IARI welcomed the dignitaries, CPIs and participants. He highlighted the importance of basic and strategic research in providing support to solutions of various problems being faced by the Indian agriculture.

In his remarks, Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP hoped that the deliberations in the terminal workshop will mark a new beginning in the field of basic and strategic research in agriculture and allied sciences.

Dr. Sudhir Kochhar, National Coordinator, Component-4, NAIP presented the coordinators’ report and briefed the gathering about the salient achievements and highlights of the component-4 that deals with basic and strategic research in frontier areas of agricultural sciences. He apprised with examples and success stories that results are percolating down the stream for benefit of stakeholders.

Deputy Directors General, Assistant Directors General of ICAR, Directors of ICAR institutes, CPIs of subprojects, researchers and students are participating in this two-day (19-20th March, 2014) workshop. Five technical sessions of different relevant topics will also be organized during the workshop.

Dr. K.V. Prabhu, Joint Director (Research), IARI proposed the vote of thanks.

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