Prof. M. Kar, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar inaugurated the Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry organized at OUAT, Bhubaneswar here today. In his inaugural speech Prof. Kar stressed upon dissemination of appropriate agroforestry models for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. He emphasized the need for integrating livelihood options in the agroforestry models.
Mr. R.S. Gopalan, IAS, Director of Agriculture and Food Production, Govt. of Odisha emphasized on the need to initiate work on tree borne legumes and ecosystem services of agroforestry.
Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Project Coordinator and Director, NRC for Agroforestry, Jhansi presented the Coordinators Report and the brief summary of the research achievements of the project for the year 2013-14 and thrust areas for the XII Plan.
Earlier, Dr. P. K. Das, Dean (Research) OUAT welcomed the dignitaries and delegates. During the occasion a Souvenir and one Technical Bulletin on Acacia mangium was released.
The AICRP on Agroforestry was initiated in 1983 and it has 37 centres at present. The 3-days meet was attended by 24 coordinating centres located in SAUs and three volunteer centres in ICAR Institutes. There were nine Technical sessions including inaugural and plenary sessions in addition to field visit of the agroforestry experimental area of the University. A session was devoted for formulating workable linkages between AICRP on AF and AICRPs of Dry land Agriculture, Forage Crops and Integrated farming System.
Dr. A.K. Roy, (Project Coordinator, AICRP on FC), Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad (Principal Scientist, AICRP on DA) and Dr. Gananayak (OIC, AICRP on IFS, OUAT) also participated in the meeting.
(Source: AICRP on Agroforestry)