Shimla, 20 August 2016. Dr Trilochan Mohapatra (Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR) inaugurated 68th Foundation Day, and launched ‘Smart Potato Portal’ for providing all decision support systems developed in potato under one umbrella. Dr Mohapatra emphasized on ‘Farmer based research to increase the production and productivity’ and also urged that India must be the torch bearer in potato development for the world. Dr Trilochan Mohapatra emphasized on ‘Farmer-based research to increase the production and productivity’ and also urged that India must be the torch bearer in potato development for the world. Dr Mohapatra visited in Cell Biology Lab., Genomics Lab. Tissue Culture Facility, Diagnostic Lab., Post Harvest Technology Lab., AKMU, Library etc
Dr A.K. Singh (DDG, Agric. Extn. and Hort. Sci.) highlighted the research work at Central Potato Research Institute and appealed Institute to bring out high-yielding and palatable varieties as well as energy efficient storage technologies. Dr Singh also advised that Krishi Vigyan Kendras may be roped in for quality seed production.
Dr S.K. Malhotra (Agriculture and Horticulture Commissioner, Government of India ) focused on Food and Nutritional Security through potato production and utilization for ever increasing population of the country. Dr T. Janakiram (ADG, Hort. Sci.) emphasized over the development of climate resilient potato varieties to ensure the quality potato seed production and processing. Two entrepreneurs from Punjab shared their experiences of aeroponic seed production technology.
The Director General, ICAR gave the best worker award of the institute to selected persons under scientific, administrative, technical as well as supporting category. Nearly 300 people attended this function.