13th February, 2015, Hamirpur
Around 400 Participatory Demonstrations based on package technologies on lentil have been taken up at the project site of “DAC-ICARDA-ICAR Collaborative Project on Enhancing Lentil Production” during Rabi in Sumerpur and Maudha bocks of Hamirpur District of Uttar Pradesh involving four improved varieties viz., IPL 81, IPL 406, JL-3 and DPL 62. To ascertain the farmers’ perception on participatory approach in seed production in lentil, a Field Day was organized at Vidokhar of Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh on February 13, 2015.
While inaugurating the event, Dr N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur emphasized the importance of pulses in our food and nutrition and highlighted the modern strategies for increasing pulses production to make the country self-sufficient through improved varieties, custom hiring, farm mechanization and seed treatment in sustaining pulses production in Bundelkhand region.
The Guest of Honour, Dr M.C. Diwakar, Director, Directorate of Sugarcane Development, GOI, Lucknow emphasized the importance of pulses in the context of International Year of Pulses and urged for concerted efforts of all stake holders in enhancing productivity of pulses and farm income.
Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, Coordinator (MULLaRP), Dr S. K. Chaturvedi, HOD, Crop Improvement Division and Dr. C.S. Praharaj, Principal Scientist (Agronomy) stressed on the importance of improved technology for increasing pulses production in the Bundelkhand region, while Dr Naimuddin, Senior Scientsit (Plant Pathology) cited the role of integrated Pest and disease management in pulses.
Dr Ashok Kumar, Joint Director (Pulses), Directorate of Agriculture, Lucknow informed about various schemes of state Government for increasing pulses production and emphasized adoption of Laser leveller, online registration for seed, implements, sprinklers, solar pumps through phone calls (1800 200 1050) or use of Kisan call centres and formation of Farmer Producers’ Association for deriving the benefits from these schemes.
Several farmers’ body, personnel belonging to State Agricultural Department and NGOs, Press and Media also participated in this discussion on this Field day. More than 250 farmers’ participated in this Field Day.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur)