5th December 2014, Solapur
ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur organized three days national seminar cum exhibition on ‘Pomegranate for Nutrition, livelihood Security and Entrepreneurship Development’ in collaboration with Society for Advancement of Research on Pomegranate (SARP) from 5-7th December 2014.
Dr. T.A. More, Vice-Chancellor, M.P.K.V., Rahuri, (MS) inaugurated the national seminar cum exhibition. He stressed the need for use of advanced biotechnological tools to combat biotic and abiotic stresses in pomegranate. He also emphasized on development of varieties suitable for processing and resistant to various biotic and abiotic stresses. He applauded efforts by the institute in the field of processing of pomegranate and transfer of technologies for developing processing industries in pockets like North Solapur and Nashik. The chief guest also inaugurated the exhibition and felicitated and honoured progressive pomegranate growers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Dr. R.K. Pal, Director, ICAR-NRCP, Solapur thrown the light on the contribution of the NRCP in the advancement of pomegranate industry in general and pomegranate growers in particular. He explained the contribution of the centre in management of bacterial blight and technologies on total utilization of pomegranate for entrepreneurship development. He further emphasized the need of stringent regulation and implementation for accreditation of nurseries for production of healthy and disease free planting materials.
Dr. N.N. Maldar, V-C, Solapur University, Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR Research Complex, Goa, Former Directors of NRCP, Dr. V.T. Jadhav, and Dr. P. Kumar, Dr. D.P. Waskar, Director of Research, VNMKV, Parbhani and Shri. Prabhakar Chandane, President, All India Pomegranate Growers Association were also present on the occasion.
Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar, Deputy Director General chaired the plenary session and emphasized the severe shortage of qualified manpower in agriculture research. He launched ICAR-NRCP mobile application, an innovative ICT approach for reaching out to the farmers across the globe with the scientific technologies developed by NRC on Pomegranate in Hindi, English and Marathi languages.
The seminar was aimed at providing a platform to research scientist, entrepreneurs, pomegranate growers and industry stakeholders to discuss the emerging issues on pomegranate.
More than 200 delegates registered from different Institutes and Organizations in the country. 500 farmers participated in “Farmers-Scientists Interaction” on the last day to discuss innovations, constraints and expectations for future development of pomegranate in India
(Source: National Research Centre on Pomegranate, (ICAR-NRCP), Solapur)