5 th June, 2020, Bengaluru
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru organized a Webinar on “Conserve and Celebrate Biodiversity" on the occasion of the World Environment Day - 2020 today.
In his address, Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR emphasized the need for conservation in agricultural and horticultural crops. He highlighted the Institute’s role and activities in collecting and conserving the germplasm in various horticultural crops. Dr. Dinesh also emphasized the role of the Institute in popularizing the three jackfruit varieties collected from the farmers' field.
In his deliberations on "Tree Fruit Diversity - India’s goldmine", Dr. R. Ramanatha Rao, Co-Founder, Global Research for development Support Ventures highlighted about the fruit biodiversity and its contribution towards the nutrition, economy and sustainability. He also emphasized on the role of custodian farmers in conserving the diversity on farm. Dr. Rao accentuated on the significant role played by the custodian farmers for the wellbeing of the people through enhancing household income, employment generation for rural youth, women and environmental protection.
Various aspects of biodiversity were discussed by the experts.
The Webinar registered a total participation by more than 425 participants.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru)