The 24th meeting of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Regional Committee IV comprising members from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh, commenced today at IINRG, Ranchi. The technical sessions are being held on 14-15 September 2018. The event is being organized by ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar in collaboration with ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi. The Regional Committee provides a forum for the stakeholders to examine in depth the major gaps in current research and training efforts, to identify priorities and to decide agenda of research, education and extension in agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries for a region for the next two years.
Dr K.K. Sharma Director, ICAR-IINRG, Ranchi welcomed the Chief Guest, Her Excellency Mrs. Droupadi Murmu, The Governor of Jharkhand, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR), Sri Sri Chabilendra Roul, Special secretary DARE and Secretary ICAR, Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Crop Science) and Nodal Officer, ICAR Regional Committee No. IV, Hon’ble Members of Governing Body of ICAR; Deputy Director Generals (DDGs) of ICAR; VCs of SAUs; Assistant Director Generals (ADGs) of ICAR; Directors of ATARIs; Directors of different ICAR Institutes; Heads/Officer-in-Charge of Regional Stations of ICAR Institutes; Deans and Directors of Research and/or Extension of SAUs and senior officials from State Government Departments of the three states. Dr. Sharma also stated that this meeting is an opportunity to discuss the issues and problems being faced by farmers of the region and to frame an outline to work out their possible solutions.
Her Excellency Mrs. Droupadi Murmu, The Governor of Jharkhand and the chief guest of the Inaugural Function of the Regional Committee IV emphasized the importance of minerals which is available in plenty in the state of Jharkhand. She also mentioned the importance of Lac and gum, which is the livelihood of the tribal farmers in the state. She also stressed upon the need of the development in the agriculture and allied sector to double the farmers’ income by 2022 and appreciated the efforts made by ICAR in general and ICAR Institutes’ based at Ranchi in particular. Despite a good rain fall the productivity of the crops is lower than the national average. The tribal farmers lead the conservative life and reluctant to accept the new technologies. She highlighted the challenge to convince the tribal farmers to adopt these technologies in order to overcome the poverty and distress. She urged the research fraternity to make available new generation farming technologies for the betterment of socio-economic condition of farmers.
Dr T. Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, in his presidential address emphasized that the region offers tremendous scope and opportunities for multifaceted growth of agriculture sector, including animal husbandry, fisheries, horticulture, sericulture and others. This region is contributing significantly to the food basket of India. The states of this region are the major producers of rice, potato, tobacco, Lac, jute, poultry, fishes, vegetables and flowers. He also stressed upon the tremendous potential of utilizing various processing technologies available for value addition for various agricultural products. A right mix of technological breakthroughs and policy support has to be realized. He called for concerted efforts of ICAR, SAUs and state governments to ensure that doubling of farmers’ income becomes a reality through technological interventions, market linking and bringing together all the disciplines of agriculture and allied
Sri Chhabilendra Roul, Special secretary DARE and Secretary ICAR emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in production system. The structural disconnect between consumer system and production system has to be bridged. He mentioned that there is an urgent need to utilize the enormous research results generated in ICAR institutes and state Agriculture Universities and giving importance to the agriculture from subsistence to the profitable model of Agri business. He also mentioned about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana of the Government to utilize by the farmers during the natural calamities to overcome the losses due to crop failure. Farmers need to be encouraged to produce for market in order to enhance their income and to lift out of distress.
Dr Anand Kumar Singh, DDG (Horticulture & Crop Sciences)& I/c Regional Committee presented the background of RCM-IV and highlighted the major accomplishments of agricultural research and development in this region.
Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, VC, BAU, Ranchi spoke about the challenges and potential for Agricultural Development in the region.
Functionaries of agricultural institutions including the Vice Chancellors, directors of ICAR institutes, deans of SAUs, officials of development departments from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in region IV participated in the meeting to discuss the agenda of agricultural development in the region.
The inaugural session ended with vote of thanks given by Dr. R K Singh, Director cum Vice Chancellor, ICAR-IVRI & Member Secretary, ICAR Regional Committee No. IV.