26 - 27 May, 2020, Hyderabad
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad organized the "Virtual Annual Group Meeting of Castor, Sunflower, Sesame & Niger" from 26th to 27th May, 2020.
During the Plenary Session held on 27th May, 2020, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) accentuated on the need to harness the benefits of advancement in genomics in genetic improvement of oilseeds. Dr. Mohapatra highlighted the importance of developing appropriate SOPs and facilities for phenotyping for the various biotic and abiotic stresses and providing the adequate training to AICRP Scientists in the niche areas.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, Dr. Tilak Raj Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR stressed on the need for extensive utilization of pre-breeding, speed breeding and allele mining tools and techniques to bring out significant yield enhancement and quality improvement in the oilseed crops.
Dr. D.K. Yadav, ADG (Seeds), ICAR highlighted the need for replacing the old varieties with the newly released cultivars.
Dr. S.K. Jha, ADG (O&P) urged the scientists for addressing the gaps in FLDs for expanding the area under oilseeds.
Dr. M.K. Naik, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural & Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga, Maharashtra emphasized on identifying one hotspot area for each of the diseases and conducting the screening trials to identify the resistant lines for exploitation in the breeding programmes.
Dr. P.K. Chakrabarthy, Member, Agricultural Scientists' Recruitment Board urged on considering the approaches for conservation and deployment of pollinators while developing the pest management strategies.
Dr. P. Raghava Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad emphasized on the need for setting the higher targets for yield and utilizing the germplasm available for enhanced tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and sustainability in production.
Dr. A. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Director, ICAR-IIOR and Dr. Rajani Bisen, Incharge, Project Coordinating Unit (Sesame & Niger) presented the achievements of 4 Kharif Oilseed Crops.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes provided their expert advices and helped in formulating a sound technical programme for 2020-21.
The results of the experiments and FLDs conducted during Rabi-Summer 2018-19 and Kharif-2019 were presented by the respective crop Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators.
A total of 224 delegates participated in the different sessions of the AGM through Video Conferencing.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad)