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 Curtain Raiser of Agricultural Scientists Meet Organized

16th December 2020, New Delhi

Division of Agricultural Extension, ICAR, New Delhi organised virtual curtain raiser of Agricultural Scientists Meet on 16th December 2020 under the aegis of India International Science Festival (IISF 2020). Dr T. Mohpatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana was guest of honour of this event.

In his address, Dr. T Mohapatra mentioned that India International Science Festival (IISF)-2020 is being organised w.e.f. 22-25 December, 2020 with the theme with Self-reliant India and Science for Global Welfare. He highlighted the crucial contribution of ICAR in making India food grain self sufficient. He further said that we have to work hard so as to make country self sufficient and self reliant in edible oil production. He urged the scientists to develop sound policy framework for sustainable agriculture under the scenario of depleting natural resources and climate change.  He urged that scientists to demonstrate innovative practices and processes to farmers for enhancing farmer income and intensive use of ICT should be used to reach last mile. He expressed hope that this Agricultural Scientists Meet will be a grand success.

Dr. B S Dillon expressed his view that scientists and farmers did a very good job form harvesting of rabi crop to translating paddy in Punjab during the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. He depicted the connection between culture and self reliance. He lauded the role of farmers in using the innovative means and ways to improve production during the Carona period. He appreciated the themes and objectives of the Agricultural Scientists Meet to be debated during the Meet.

Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi and Principal Coordinator of Agricultural Scientist Meet briefed about the programme to the participants. He clearly spent out the objectives of ASM which are: (i) Synergism and trade-off in sustainable agriculture, (ii) Natural Resource Management: Challenges and policy framework, (iii) Innovations in agriculture, and (iv) Interaction with lead farmers. This will provide a platform for deliberations among researchers, scientists, students and farmers for sustainable agriculture for enhanced income and employment. He also informed that more than 1500 scientists, researchers, students and farmers are participating in this mega event.

The programme was started with the welcome of dignitaries and delegates by Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana and ended with formal vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Rakesh Sharda, Principal Scientist, PAU, Ludhiana.

Journalists and other delegates also interacted with Dr. Mohapatra in this programme. More than 450 scientists, students, farmers, entrepreneurs and journalists actively participated in this curtain raiser.