“There is no dearth for technologies. Farm Universities, Research Stations, some Private Agencies are involved in generating technologies since many decades. ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru is being involved in conducting research in all the fruit, vegetable, ornamental and medicinal crops, mushrooms etc.. since five decades and released more than 200 technologies to the farming community so far. Also IIHR is organizing more numbers of innovative programs to take the technologies to the needy people…”. These are the views expressed by Dr. M R Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, at Institute of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Bengaluru. He was delivering his speech as Chief Guest in the Golden Jubilee and 50th Foundation day celebration of IAT on 18th Dec, 2018.
Collective approach is need of the hour!
Dr. M R Dinesh lauded the efforts of IAT and its uniqueness in the field of Agriculture technocrats in the country. He appreciated the fruitful programmes of IAT viz., consultancy services, regional seminars and awareness creation programmes…, by involving all agricultural graduates in Karnataka State. He stressed the need for collective approach in taking technologies together by IIHR, all farm universities, IAT… to the overall development at the farming community. He also highlighted the transfer of technology programmes of IIHR such as Regional and National Horticultural Fairs, seminars, project implementations, field days, demonstrations etc., apart from the services of Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH).
Dr. Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Noted Kannada writer and film director inaugurated the foundation day celebration and appreciated the efforts and services of IAT as an Institution in the State. He pointed out the real sanctity of Agriculture, Science and Technologies. Dr. M Malappa, President of the IAT and Former Director of Agriculture, GoK , presided over the programme. Dr. G Eshwarappa, Vice President and Chairman, Programme Sub-Committee of IAT, Sri K Krishnappa, Secretary IAT and other Executive Committee members facilitated in conducting the programme in meaningful way. There were about 240 IAT members, who were all from State Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, State Farm Universities, ICAR, Bank, Public Sector Institutions and NGOs. There was also a felicitation to the achievers in their respective fields. Dr B Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist and Member of IAT performed the master of ceremony.