19th May, 2019, Kanpur
The Meet was organized under the ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on MULLaRP (Mungbean, Urdbean, Lentil, Lathyrus, Rajmash and Pea) and Cowpea, Clusterbean, Mothbean under the All India Network Project on Arid Legumes at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh from 19th to 21st May, 2019.
In his address, Shri Naidu accentuated the need for paradigm shift in the agricultural research using the innovative science, alternative policies and institutional changes in order to increase the productivity and production of crops in the country. He stated that the pulses are the invaluable source of plant-based proteins, vitamins and mineral and provide nutritional security to the vegetarian masses; therefore, the efforts are needed to make country self-reliant in pulses. The Vice-President also stated that “Agricultural Universities need to focus more on improving the yields of pulses while KVKs should act as bridge between scientists, government and the farmers”.
The Chief Guest also awarded the research centres of mungbean and urdbean with the “Best AICRP Centre Award”.
Dr. V. Damodar Naidu, Vice-Chancellor of the University opined for making the pulses production remunerative that would help in attracting the farmers for growing more pulses. He also underlined about the successful application of biotechnological approaches that helped in viral strains and molecular markers in developing MYMV resistant varieties in urdbean.
Dr. D.K. Yadav, ADG (Seeds), ICAR, outlined ICAR’s efforts to increase the pulse area and production in the country. He also urged the scientists for developing the intensive research programmes addressing the biotic and abiotic constraints limiting the pulse production and assured requisite funding support for all such programmes.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur briefed about the national priorities and programmes of the pulses research. He urged the group for reorienting the research activities at the respective centres for addressing the problems of the regions.
A bilingual android-based smartphone application was also launched on the occasion. The application is aimed at larger masses of farmers to provide them the latest technical-how of mungbean cultivation.
(Source: ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on MULLaRP, Kanpur)