Secretary Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Government of India and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research Dr Triolohan Mohapatra visited three research institutions and two regional stations of Indian Council of Agricultural Research on 21th October 2016 to review the work done. At the Directorate of Floricultural Research (DFR) he launched the inaugural issue of the Flori News the official news letter of ICAR-DFR and also unveiled the Wall Magazine -Petals in English and Pankhudi in Hindi. He interacted with all the scientists and discussed in depth the research accomplishments of the scientists and offerred valuable suggestions for further improvement. He inaugurated the refurbished glasshouse and reviewed the experiments conducted in it. He took part in the sawaach bharat pakhwada and presented swaach kits.
While speaking on the occasion he stressed up on the need to develop simple diagnostic tools to identify the major biotic threats like bacterial, viral and phytoplasmal diseases. He called upon the scientists to develop technologies of immediate need of the farmers while understanding the basics. Work on pre breeding, biomolecule profiling, vertical farming, biocontrol of insects, nematodes and viral diseases are some of the areas that need to be focused, he advised.
He opined that Floriculture has a greater potential to double the farm income that addresses the aspirations of the Government.
ICAR – DFR actively took part in Krishi Unnati Mela organized by the Department of Agriculture and Co- operation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, ICAR and CII during 19th – 21st March 2016 at IARI, New Delhi. Dr. Tarak Nath Saha, Dr. Prasanna Holajjer, Dr. Ganesh Kadam and Director Dr. K.V. Prasad represented ICAR- DFR in this 3 day event. The technologies developed by ICAR - DFR and AICRP centers were showcased for the benefit of farmers.
In order to bring awareness among the farmers of Andhra Pradesh about the establishment of Regional Research Station of ICAR – DFR at Vemagiri village of Kadiyam mandal, ICAR – DFR actively participated in the Udyana Mela organized by Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University on 30 and 31/12/2015. Mr. Girish K.S., Er. Rahul Yadav and the Director Dr. K.V. Prasad represented ICAR – DFR in Udyana Mela. Speaking of the occasion Dr. B.M.C. Reddy, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University welcomed the decision of ICAR for establishing the Regional Research Station at one of the most appropriate places i.e. Kadiyam.
The team DFR comprising of Director Dr. K. V. Prasad, Dr. Tarak Nath Saha, Dr. Prabha K., Dr. Prasanna Holajjer, Dr. Ganesh Kadam, Mr. Girish K. S., Mrs. Shephalika Amrapali, Mr. Rahul Yadav, Mrs. Nitika Gupta, Dr. Shilpa Shree K. G. represented ICAR- DFR in 3 day Krishimela organized by KVK, Narayangaon during 6 and 8/12/2015. The technologies generated at ICAR – DFR, live specimens, bio control agents, alternate media sources etc were displayed for the benefits of the farmers. The event was organized on the eve of International Year of Soils and World Soil Day on 5/12/2015. Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture Shri. Mohan Bhai Khundariya inaugurated the event.
The ICAR – DFR celebrated Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan week from 23th December to 29th December on the birth anniversary of former prime ministers Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Shri. Choudhary Charan Singh. During this week ICAR-DFR participated in two awareness programmer organized by Syndicate Bank, Shivajinagar branch at Talegaon on 23/12/2015 followed by a detailed awareness progamme covering crop production and crop management at KVK, Narayangaon on 29/12/2015. Both the awareness programmers were well received by the flower growers.
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