19th June, 2020, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh organized a National Webinar on “Biochar: Potential Availability, Usefulness and Limitations” today.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) proposed for constituting a committee consisting of all stakeholders and experts for conducting various aspects of Biochar research and development for concrete action plan towards the use of Biochar in agriculture. He stressed on long term research on Biochar in different agro-ecological regions of the country for gainful insight into the ecosystem services.
In her address, Dr. Alka Bhargav, Additional Secretary, Department of Agricultural Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India accentuated on using the bamboo stock and other woody materials for Biochar production and developing the commercial and entrepreneurial models.
Briefing about the objective of the Webinar, Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management), ICAR briefed highlighted the emerging issues related to Biochar research and development for the future road map.
Stressing on the importance of Biochar in enhancing and storing carbon in soil, Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India urged for the need of commercial scalable Biochar production unit in India.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal highlighted the importance of Biochar and its relevance in Indian agriculture.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and University of Sydney, Australia also deliberated about the Biochar research in global and Indian perspectives.
Around 300 participants attended the Webinar.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh)