Interface Meeting on “Enhancing Cotton Productivity in North India” @Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav

7th September, 2021

The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab in association with the ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, Maharashtra organized an Interface Meeting on “Enhancing Cotton Productivity in North India” today.

In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr. B.R. Kamboj, Vice-Chancellor, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana lauded the role of scientists and extension agencies to take the latest technology of cotton cultivation that resulted in the record cotton production in the region.

Interface Meeting on “Enhancing Cotton Productivity in North India” @Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav

Shri Hardeep Singh, I.A.S., Director General (Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department), Government of Haryana highlighted the schemes for improving the cotton. Shri Singh also stated that the recommendations emerged from the meeting will be useful in making strong policy for improving the productivity of cotton in future.

The Guest of Honor, Dr. R.K. Singh, ADG (Commercial Crops), ICAR stated that the machine harvesting of cotton is imperative in the era of labor scarcity.

Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-CICR, Nagpur accentuated the ways and means of filling the gap of productivity in cotton and management of emerging pests like pink bollworm.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, Punjab stressed on the need of organizing inter-state meetings to work more cohesively for addressing the new challenges.

More than 75 Delegates including Researchers, Officials from Agriculture Departments, Leading Farmers and other Stakeholders from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan participated in the Meeting organized as a part of the “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab)