19th March, 2019, Karnal
The ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal celebrated its 51st Foundation Day today.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Ashok Dalwai (I.A.S.), Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi while raising the issue of sustainable management of soil and water resources, exhorted the need for the execution of integrated policy and planning in a collaborative manner with all the concerned stakeholders. He also shared the facts on how the Soil Health Card policy has reduced the cost of cultivation (8 to 10%) and increased the farmers’ benefits (5 to 8%).
Dr. Dalwai opined that the coherently alignment of science and policy according to the need can foster the sustainable management of waste and degraded lands. He also urged for the need of ‘income revolutions of the farmers’, instead of Green Revolution.
Padma Shri, Shri Kamal Singh Chauhan, Special Guest, flagged the issue of sustainable management of natural resources using combination of farmers’ knowledge and formal sciences.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Ex-Chairman, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board presided over the function. He accentuated that the pace of reclamation in alkali soils in the country is satisfactory. He urged the state agencies to be more active in order to make more speedy management of saline soils possible.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh was conferred with the “Patron of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality (ISSSWQ)” on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal welcomed the dignitaries. He also highlighted the institute’s salient achievements including total area reclaimed, role of institutional technology and science in supporting national and state policies and overall farmers’ development.
Dr. R.K. Yadav, Principal Scientist & Head, Soil and Crop Management, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal; Dr. Parveen Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal and Dr. O.P. Choudhary, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana were conferred with Awards for their outstanding works in the salinity science.
Dr. Madhu Choudhary was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the ISSSWQ, Karnal.
A total of 250 scientists and other staff members participated in the function.
(Source: ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal)