1st Ocober 2018, Jodhpur
ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur celebrated its 60th Foundation Day here today.
Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) was the Guest of Honour on this occasion.
While delivering foundation day lecture on ‘Future of Indian Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities’, Shri Shekhawat highlighted the developments in the field of Indian agriculture from pre-independence era and the role of technologies, policies and farmers’ active role in transforming the country from food-deficit situation to food self-sufficiency. Bridging yield gaps, increasing water productivity (per drop more crop), wide coverage of Soil Health Card Scheme for need-based nutrient use and promotion of integrated pest management practices will play a greater role in further accelerating the productivity. Other emerging opportunities that he deliberated upon were organic farming and value addition. He emphasized that value addition to agricultural produce has tremendous potential in India for increasing employment in the rural areas, reducing post-harvest losses and increasing income of the farmers and agri-entrepreneurs.
The Minister inaugurated Seed Processing Unit, Animal Experimental House Unit, Diamond Jubilee Circle, Solar Roof Top System and laid the foundation stone of auditorium.
Later, Shri Shekhawat also released Special Issue of Indian Farming on Arid Agriculture, Coffee Table Book on Journey of CAZRI, Institute Diamond Jubilee Logo.
Dr. Mohapatra, in his address expressed his profound satisfaction on achievements of CAZRI in dealing with one of the most challenging eco-system. He said the institute has done commendable work during last 60 years. He cautioned that great achievements of the past should not bring any complacency; rather institute should clearly set its future priorities to move ahead with a focused approach recognizing the changes that have taken place in arid regions.
Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director briefed about the achievements of institute in research, technology generation and human resources development.
Dr. Balraj Singh, Vice Chancellor; Dr. N.V. Patil, Director, NRC on Camel; Dr. P.L. Saroj, Director CIAH, Bikaner; Dr. Pratap Narain and Dr. K.P.R. Vittal former Directors of CAZRI; Dr. Manjit Singh, former Director of Directorate of Mushroom Research; Dr. A.K. Bawa, Executive Director, NAAS; Dr SK Singh, Dr. T. Sathyavathi, Project Coordinator and large number of retired employees of institute along with other invited dignitaries graced this occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur)