18th November, 2021, Pune
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Goa jointly organized the two-day State Level Review-cum-Sensitization Workshop on “Cluster Front Line Demonstration on Oilseeds and Pulses” for 47 KVKs of Maharashtra today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. V.P. Chahal, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR urged the KVKs for focusing on processing and value-addition of oilseeds and pulses, biofortified varieties, nutrition security, enhancing the farmers’ income and reducing the dependence on imports. Dr. Chahal regarded the KVKs as backbone of Agricultural Extension and Oilseeds & Pulses as the priority areas for the KVKs.
Dr. Parveen Kumar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, Goa underlined the increase in pulses and oilseeds production by 3.7 MT and 5.56 MT respectively as compared to the last year. Dr. Kumar accentuated on the promotion of the pulses and oilseed crops in Goa State also.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune emphasized on enhancing the productivity and profitability of oilseeds and pulses. He also advised the KVKs for promoting the climate-resilient technologies like BBF, improved varieties and farm mechanisation, etc.
Earlier, Dr. H.R.C. Prabhu, Head, KVK, North Goa delivered the welcome address.
More than 60 Scientists from the different ICAR Institutes, 4 State Agricultural Universities and 47 KVKs participated in the Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)