4th January 2016, Bengaluru
The fourth Group Discussion of the ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits was organized at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru from January 4 to January 7, 2017.
Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Ag. Extn. & Hort. Sci.), ICAR in his inaugural address, emphasized the need for commercialization of developed technologies, use of available indigenous and exotic varieties and promotion of the Farmer FIRST project. He called for increasing collaboration and linkage with agricultural institutes, other AICRPs and CSIR Institutes,
Dr. W. S. Dhillon, ADG (Hort. Sci. - I), ICAR, New Delhi, in his address, highlighted the status of horticultural production and the importance of technology transfer.
Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Hort. Sci. - II), ICAR, New Delhi listed the important milestones in horticultural research and the need for establishment of a centre for excellence for under-utilized fruits.
Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, emphasized on production of more progeny from known parents and use of developed microbial consortia by different centres.
Dr. Prakash Patil, Project Coordinator (Fruits), presented the progress of work done at the 45 centres across the country on nine fruit crops, including mango, Citrus, banana, guava, litchi, grapes, papaya, sapota and jackfruit.
The workshop was conducted under two broad themes: Technical Review and Planning of Research Programmes under ICAR-AICRP on Fruits on the first two days and ICAR-AICRP on Fruits Researcher Interactive Meeting for identifying technologies under this project for different agro-climatic zones on the last two days.
Directors and Scientists from ICAR Institutes and PAU participated in the deliberations.
More than 200 attended the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits )