3rd August 2019, Pune
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) laid the Foundation Stone of ICAR-DFR’s Farm Office-cum-Field Laboratory here today at its Hadapsar Campus.
The Director General applauded the sustained developmental attempts made by Dr. K.V. Prasad and his team at the new location. He accentuated on the importance of following-up the flagship programmes of the Government of India. He urged all the ICAR Institutes for actively gearing-up the research to achieve the ICAR’s five years vision.
He highlighted the ICAR’s role in shaping the agriculture education and research and education in some of the neighboring countries too. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized on the importance of convergence of agriculture and allied subjects through a single window for addressing the farmers’ needs. He also stressed upon adopting the integrated system approach to empower the farmers for doubling the farm income.
While applauding the ICAR-DFR’s farmer-friendly research initiatives, the Director General opined for enriching the germplasm as a first step towards inducing the novelty, popularize the tools and gadgets and foldable crates developed through the Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Stressing upon the importance of diagnostics in quarantine, Dr. Mohapatra appreciated the ICAR-DFR’s efforts in taking the lead in ornamental crops. He urged the ICAR-DFR for interacting with all the floriculture stakeholders in the country and channelizing the research programmes for the next plan period of 5 Years.
He encouraged the Team DFR to prepare a futuristic research agenda with adequate budget provisions for research infrastructure and facilities in view of the enhancement of the cadre strength of ICAR-DFR from 16 to 33 during the cadre review. Dr. Mohapatra also urged the ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities for integrating the higher education in agriculture with high quality research.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) applauded the ICAR-DFR team for touching a milestone in its developmental journey.
Dr. T. Janakiram ADG (Horticulture Science - I) briefed about the ICAR-DFR’s genesis. He also highlighted the Floriculture’s potential in the country. Dr. Janakiram highlighted the Horticultural Science Division at ICAR’s potential towards the promotion of floriculture for doubling the farmers’ income. He stressed on the initiatives on vertical farming and importance of indigenous and native ornamentals in reducing the import of floricultural products by the country.
Dr. K.P. Vishwanatha, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth applauded the Director of the Institute for the remarkable progress made during a short period of time.
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli shared his experiences of working with the ICAR-DFR while he was the Director of NRC for Grapes. Dr. Sawant also expressed his interest for work in association with the ICAR-DFR on interesting areas.
Earlier, Dr. K.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-DFR outlined the efforts being made in making of DFR so far. He briefed about the work being carried out by the ICAR-DFR with the help of inter institutional projects with ICAR Sister Institutes.
Dr. T. Mohapatra also released an Android Mobile App entitle “Floricare” developed by the ICAR-DFR and some publications prepared by the ICAR-DFR on the occasion.
The Senior Officials of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities, Staff Members from ICAR Sister Institutes, KVKs and farmers participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune)