A two-day workshop-cum-training programme on Pulses Production Technology for Nodal Officers of KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana states under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has been inaugurated on 30th October 2017 at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur.
Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur and the Chief Guest of the occasion emphasized that the technologies under different agro-climatic conditions are to be implemented by the KVKs so that the micro farming situation/technological option/assessment of gap to maximize production can be done properly and the role of KVK will be the technology provider in partnership mode. KVKs being the prime ambassador at grass root level can boost research in integrated manner.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur in his inaugural address briefed about the status of pulses production of the country. Six states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha contribute to 80% of total production of pulses in India. India imports 3-4 million tonnes of pulses every year to meet the demand of pulses. The total pulse production during 2016-17 is 22.9 million tonnes and it is highest in the history. In view of the Doubling Farmers Income by 2022 pulses production technology has a key role to play, he opined. Dr. Singh emphasized on proper application of the critical inputs and critical practices for higher productivity. The farmers will be treated as partner under the cluster front line demonstration under National Food Security Mission.
A total of 49 KVKs from Rajasthan and Haryana participated in the event and the workshop
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur.)