30 - 31 August, 2019, Imphal, Manipur
The All India Coordinated Research Project organized the National Group Meeting on Forage Crops and Utilization at the Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur from 30th to 31st August, 2019.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Director General (Food and Fodder Crops), ICAR highlighted the need of forage crops technologies for enhancing the farmers’ income and increasing the livestock productivity. He opined for the effective dissemination of technologies. Dr. Kumar urged the project scientists for coming out with the new innovative technologies to enhance the farmers’ income.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. V.K. Yadav, Director, ICAR-Indian Grassland And Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi stressed on having more active collaboration among the various stakeholders of the North Eastern Hill Region. He stated about the ICAR-IGFRI’s various new initiatives being taken for augmenting the fodder resources in the country.
Prof. M. Premjit Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal highlighted the forages and animal husbandry’s importance. He stated about the coming up of the dairies with exotic as well as improved indigenous cattle species in big ways in the recent years in Manipur. Prof. Singh urged the scientists for working out the suitable varieties and technologies for them.
Dr. A.K. Roy, Project Coordinator briefed about the project, its salient achievements during the last 5 Years period and the summary of activities carried out during the Rabi 2018-19 and its results.
A book by the ICAR-AICRP Coordinating Unit entitled “Indian Fodder Scenario: Redefining State Wise Status” along with 1 Mobile App Forage Seed were released during the occasion.
The ICAR-AICRP Forage Crops Centre, BAIF, Uralikanchan, Pune was conferred the Certificates of Appreciation.
A total of 8 varieties in four fodder crops, oat, Lucerne, Rye grass and Vicia were identified to be released in the different zones of the country.
The participants from the various ICAR Institutes and Agricultural Universities participated in the meeting.
(Source: ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on forage Crops and Utilization, Jhansi)