9th February, 2019, Karnal
The Golden Jubilee International Salinity Conference (GJISC - 2019) organized held at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal concluded today.
The conference was organized at the campus from 7th to 9th February - 2019.
In his valedictory address, the Chief Guest, Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog applauded the ICAR-CSSRI’s illustrious journey of five decades that has lead to the productive use of about 2.14 Million ha salt affected area in environmentally harsh conditions.
Prof. Chand also mentioned that although ICAR-CSSRI continues to be one of the global leaders in agricultural salinity management, but its glorious achievements should not lead to complacence; especially with regard to the time of natural resources getting shrinked at a rapid rate while food demands are growing and diversifying.
He also opined and urged to make all the possible efforts to convert the waste into wealth (i.e. conversion of municipal solid wastes into compost) in order to enhance the soil resilience and crop productivity. He also stressed on further strengthening the partnerships between research institutions and Krishi Vigyan Kendras for quick and effectively disseminating the improved technologies to the farmers’ field.
Earlier, Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, ADG (SWM), ICAR, New Delhi applauded the outstanding contributions made by ICAR-CSSRI to applied research that have lead to the huge impact of technologies like gypsum based package and salt tolerant cultivars. He also stressed on giving more attention to the areas like soil microbial diversity, climate change impacts on salinization and relative contributions of ground and surface waters to salinity development.
In his welcome address, Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal and President, ISSSWQ said that large scale promotion of sub-surface drainage and land shaping technologies, development of multiple stress tolerant crop cultivars and management of sub-surface sodicity and high pH in the reclaimed sodic areas through conservation agriculture based sustainable intensification practices will be the major focus of salinity research in the coming years.
The various recommendations of different technical sessions of GJISC-2019 were also presented along with the release of some publications during the occasion.
A total of 275 delegates from 17 countries, CGAIR institutions, ICAR institutes, SAUs, State Line Departments and Farmers registered their participation in this event.
The conference was sponsored by NABARD, Indian Oil (Panipat Refinery), Reliance Industries Ltd. and Rex Polyextrusion Pvt. Ltd.
(Source: ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal)