17th February 2017, Bhubaneswar
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) laid the foundation stone of Training Centre-cum-Farmers Hostel at Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar today
Dr. Mahapatra, in his presidential address highlighted the need for partnership among ICAR-IIHR-CHES-State Govt for development of agriculture in general and horticulture in particular. He called upon the stakeholders to adopt cluster approach in order to exploit the favorable agro-climatic conditions in the region and work towards making the region a ‘Horticu ltural hub’ for the country. He emphasised on the need of adoption of new commercially important crops and effective post-harvest management of surplus horticultural produce. He also highlighted the necessity of developing State-wise action plans to address region specific constraints and identify opportunities for overall promotion of agriculture and allied sectors. He appealed for greater efforts to ensure quality horticultural produce and channelize it through value chains, post-harvest processing facilities and marketing network to promote its export to various countries. He emphasized on the exploitation of nutraceutical properties of horticultural crops.
Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science) said outreach of scientific advancement to the grass root levels by the nationwide network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in India is a unique model in the world. He hoped that the establishment of the training hostel in will help in imparting quality trainings to the village level workers and farmers on skill development in advance farming technologies.
Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticultural Science) expressed hope that the facility would be instrumental in developing quality human resource in horticultural sector and training on recent advances in horticultural and agricultural production and protection technologies would help the growers for getting maximum output from their land..
Shri Srikanta Prusty, Director, Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha, assured the continued association and support from the State government for the development and diversification of horticultural sector in the State of Odisha.
Earlier, while welcoming the gathering, Dr. M R Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR emphasised on dissemination of feasible technologies to the farmers and other stakeholders for wider adoption.
Directors of ICAR institutes, eminent scientists, state government officials, CPWD officials, PPL, entrepreneurs, representatives of NGOs, private and public sector companies, farmers and other stakeholders participated in the event,
The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana funded structure sanctioned through Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha was conceived to provide a platform training of the stakeholders for easy access to technology, demonstration and knowledge up-gradation in the field of horticulture/agriculture and allied sectors.
(Source: ICAR-Central Horticultural Experiment Station Aiginia, Bhubaneswar)