16th February, 2019, Jorhat
The ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits organized the Sixth Group Discussion at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat from 14th to 16th February - 2019.
In his inaugural address, Dr. K.M. Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, underlined the horticulture sector’s success to increase the horticulture crops’ production in the recent years. He also stressed on the need for a sustainable system. Dr. Bujarbaruah also accentuated the need for quantifying the ICAR-AICRP’s contribution for the success in horticulture sector.
The Guest of Honour, Dr. W.S. Dhillon, Assistant Director General (Horticultural Science - II), ICAR stressed on the need to have research programmes on rootstocks, High Density Planting coupled with suitable training system and ways for reducing the juvenility in fruit crop production system. He also emphasized the need for narrowing down the gap in research results’ availability and their application in farmers’ field.
The ICAR special invitee, Dr. B.M.C. Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, DR.YSRHU briefed about the AICRP’s historical background of on Fruits along with its impact in different parts of the country with regard to spread of technologies.
Dr. Prakash Patil, Project Coordinator, ICAR-AICRP on Fruits, presented the progress of work done at the participating centres across the country on nine fruit crops (mango, Citrus, banana, guava, litchi, grapes, papaya, sapota and jackfruit)..
A monograph on insect pests of sapota in India along with several other extension folders on different aspects of production and protection technologies of fruit crops were also released during the occasion.
A promising banana grower, Shri Devabrat Rabha from Madang village, Goalpara (Assam) was felicitated during the event for his effort in earning a profit of Rs. 1 crore by adopting the improved technologies that proved helpful in providing the employment opportunities to the rural youth.
A total of 200 delegates from all the coordinating centres including farmers attended the event.
(Source: Project Coordinator, ICAR-AICRP on Fruits, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru)