Virtual Zonal Workshop-cum-Training of CFLDs on Pulses under NFSM for KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi organized
23 - 24 November, 2020, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan organized the two-day “Virtual Zonal Workshop-cum-Training under National Food Security Mission for KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi” from 23rd to 24th November, 2020.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR mentioned the priority of pulses in Indian context. Dr. Singh emphasized on India’s self-reliance in pulses production due to strenuous efforts under the National Food Security Mission in which the KVKs’ role is discernible. He also underlined that the possibilities to enhance the pulse production are increasing CFLDs on summer mung bean, lentil and lathyrus under different agro-ecological regions of Rajasthan & Haryana. The DDG accentuated on the role of seeds hubs across the country where seeds production is being undertaken in a participatory mode. He stressed on extension and technical strategies for enhancing pulse productivity in the zone.
Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan regarded the pulses as a natural gift for fixing the atmospheric nitrogen in soil and fulfilling protein & vitamin requirements in the diet of vegetarians. He stressed on addressing the weed management, assured irrigation, availability of quality seed, insect-pest problems that are the major concerns of pulses production on a priority basis.
Dr. A.K. Tiwari, Director, Directorate of Pulse Development, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh briefed about the pulses prospects and developmental initiatives of Government of India across the states. He also emphasized on the possibilities of vertical expansion by demonstrating preferred varieties and other technological packages in different farming situations.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities also virtually participated in the programme.
All 63 KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi virtually participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)