22nd April 2014, Goa
ICAR Research Complex for Goa and Directorate of Cashewnut and Cocoa Development, Kochi jointly organized a National Level Training Programme on Cashew Production and Processing Technologies during 22-24 April, 2014.
Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Governor of Goa inaugurated the programme. In his inaugural address, Shri Wanchoo congratulated the officials coming from all over India for participating in this national training programme. He said that agriculture plays an important role in food security and agricultural scientists contribute significantly in the field of agriculture. He emphasized upon the application of scientific knowledge and technologies to maintain growth in agricultural sector. Shri Wanchoo also highlighted the need for replacement of senile plantation with new improved varieties, need in co-operative strategies for enhancing production and marketing system, and frequent scientists-farmers interface meeting to increase the cashew production and productivity.
In his presidential address, Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Horticulture Commissioner, Government of India highlighted the availability of more than 40 varieties of cashews for different regions of India. He urged participants to advice farmers to use correct varieties and maximum plantation for better production. He emphasized the demand of the farmers for new innovative and eco-friendly technologies including biotechnology to solve different issues as well as ultra high density population system.
Dr. P.L. Saroj, Director, Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur; Shri P. Tufani, Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa; and Shri Hubballi, Director, DCCD, Kochi also presented their valuable remarks.
More than 50 higher level officers from different line departments, corporations, Universities and NGOs participated in the training programme.
Dr. A.R. Desai, Senior Scientist, ICAR-RC for Goa proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-RC for Goa)