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Interface Meeting on ‘Enhancing Cotton Productivity in North Zone’ organized

7th September, 2021, Sirsa

ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana in association with ICAR-Central Cotton Research Institute, Nagpur organized Interface Meeting on Enhancing cotton productive in North India here today.

The Chief Guest, Dr. B. R. Kamboj, Vice Chancellor, CCS HAU, Hisar, Haryana appreciated the efforts of organizing interface meeting to discuss the important issue for improving the productivity of cotton in the region. He lauded the role of scientists and extension agencies to take latest technology of cotton cultivation which resulted into record production of cotton in the region. He cautioned that new challenges are emerging in the form of pink boll worm and sucking pests.

Dr. Y G Prasad, Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur accentuated the ways and means of filling gap of productivity in cotton and management of merging pest like pink boll worm. He urged that making awareness among farmers is key to counter new challenges.

The Guest of Honour, Dr. R K Singh, ADG (Commercial Crops), ICAR also virtually addressed and urged that machine harvesting of cotton is imperative in the era of labor sacristy.

Sh. Hardip Singh, Director General (Agri.), Government of Haryana virtually highlighted the schemes for improving cotton and visualized that recommendations emerged from this meeting will be quite useful in making strong policy for improving productivity of cotton in future.

Directors of Research of PAU, CCSHAU and RAU elaborated research priorities and latest technologies which will help in improving cotton productivity to new dimensions.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries and delegates, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana emphasized on need of organizing inter-state meeting to work more cohesively for addressing the new challenges. He visualized that the deliberations during interface meeting will be quite useful for state governments to chalk out future planning.

Dr. S K Verma, Head, Regional Station of ICAR-CICR, Sirsa convened the panel discussion and also presented a format vote of thanks

More than 75 delegates including researchers, officials from agriculture department, leading farmers and other stakeholders from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan participated in this event as a part of the “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence.